• WordNet 3.6
    • n speaker electro-acoustic transducer that converts electrical signals into sounds loud enough to be heard at a distance
    • n speaker someone who expresses in language; someone who talks (especially someone who delivers a public speech or someone especially garrulous) "the speaker at commencement","an utterer of useful maxims"
    • n Speaker the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly "the leader of the majority party is the Speaker of the House of Representatives"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: China has more English speakers than the United States
    • Speaker A book of selections for declamation.
    • Speaker One who is the mouthpiece of others; especially, one who presides over, or speaks for, a delibrative assembly, preserving order and regulating the debates; as, the Speaker of the House of Commons, originally, the mouthpiece of the House to address the king; the Speaker of a House of Representatives.
    • Speaker One who speaks.
    • Speaker One who utters or pronounces a discourse; usually, one who utters a speech in public; as, the man is a good speaker, or a bad speaker .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak
    • n speaker One who speaks or utters words; one who talks or converses; one who mates a speech or an address; specifically, one who engages in or practises public speaking.
    • n speaker A proclaimer; a publisher.
    • n speaker The title of the presiding officer in the British House of Commons, in the House of Representatives in the Congress of the United States, in the lower houses of State legislatures in the United States, and in British colonial legislatures; also of the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain as presiding officer of the House of Lords. The Speaker of the House of Commons is elected in each Parliament from its members, with the royal concurrence, generally without regard to politics, and may preside in successive Parliaments of opposite political character. His powers (which have been much diminished in the course of time) are limited to the preservation of order and the regulation of debate under the rules of the House, the use of the casting-vote in case of an equal division, and speaking in general committee. The Speaker in the House of Representatives (as also in the State legislatures) is usually a leader of the party having a majority of the members, and has, in addition to the powers of the British Speaker, the power of appointing all committees, and the right, as a member, of participating in general debate after calling another member to the chair, and of voting on all questions—rights exercised, however, only on important occasions. He is thus in a position to control the course of legislation to an important extent, and the office is consequently regarded as of great power and influence.
    • n speaker A title, and hence a general name, for a book containing selections for practice in declamation, as at school.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only member of the British House of Commons who is not allowed to speak is the man called the Speaker of the House.
    • Speaker one who speaks or proclaims: the person who presides in a deliberative or legislative body, as the House of Commons
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  • Dale Carnegie
    “Only the prepared speaker deserves to be confident.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.”
  • James Humes
    James Humes
    “Most speakers speak ten minutes too long.”
  • Tom Ogden
    Tom Ogden
    “Once I have heard the story or joke used twice by other speakers or entertainer, I avoid it.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “A good speaker makes a good liar.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. specan (for sprecan); Dut. spreken, Ger. sprechen.


In literature:

Local speakers do not bear any large share in the programme.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
Even Billy Speaker seemed convinced.
"The Free Range" by Francis William Sullivan
The speaker then enumerated the numerical strength of his commandos.
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
Another glance revealed the speakers.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Following their practice for three campaigns, the old line speakers dwelt upon the conditions in the South.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Robert Breckenridge, of Kentucky, were among the speakers.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
Distinctive platforms had been erected for speakers whose fatherland was in many foreign lands.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
At least, the speaker thinks so, and is perfectly satisfied.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
The recorded voice scratched in the speaker over the door.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
SPEAKER: I think Patrick Henry has a resolution to offer.
"History Plays for the Grammar Grades" by Mary Ella Lyng

In poetry:

And the speaker's words were so cheering,
As she talked to us of the time
When the women crusaded together;
How they battled against the wine.
"Treasured Moments" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Then the speaker's tones grew more tender,
As she spoke of a life so complete,
That many lives caught the essence
Of her life so full and so sweet;
"Treasured Moments" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Yes, the speech, but not the boldness
Of the speaker I pass o'er,
For this word, whate'er it be,
When it breaks upon my ear,
Quick 't is gone, although I hear.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Who may this wondrous speaker be?
Is he some judge, or orator?
Some one in high authority?
Physician, prince, or conqueror?
Answer, thou ever restless sea,
Who may this wondrous person be?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Oh! it was grand to see that vast crowd,
And to hear the speeches, most eloquent and loud,
That were made by the speakers, regarding the Franchise;
While the spectators applauded them to the skies.
"The Great Franchise Demonstration" by William Topaz McGonagall
What! our petitions spurned! The prayer
Of thousands,—tens of thousands,—cast
Unheard, beneath your Speaker's chair!
But ye will hear us, first or last.
The thousands that, last year, ye scorned,
Are millions now. Be warned! Be warned!
"A Word From A Petitioner" by John Pierpont

In news:

Bose 's Small Computer Speakers with Big Sound.
The Bose Computer MusicMonitor speakers will get your desktop rockin'.
Bose 's Computer MusicMonitor speakers.
Bose SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker.
Inside Bose 's SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker.
Bose 's new SoundLink Air speaker is well done.
Bose wasn't first out of the gate with a portable Bluetooth speaker (a category of gadget we argue is the new must-have), but its SoundLink Wireless Mobile Speaker was worth the wait.
Consumers will show by how they shop what else they want, an IRCE speaker says.
MEYERSDALE – A former major league baseball player, Sid Bream , will be the featured speaker at the annual Game Supper to be held at 6 pm Jan 14 in the Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church Activities Building.
Dave Cooksey as guest speaker.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2011.
Former House speaker has most at stake at Saturday's debate.
In this 1948 file photo, Martin Luther King, Jr, third from left, listens to a speaker during an assembly at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Congress lurched closer to a meltdown Thursday night as House Speaker John Boehner yanked his debt bill - unable to convince Tea Party hardliners to sign on.
In an embarrassing setback for the Speaker and the GOP leadersh.

In science:

Where S PEAK ER is a variable which is bound to the name of the speaker of the utterance.
A Flexible Pragmatics-driven Language Generator for Animated Agents
Fig. 1 shows the speaker voltage and its apparent sinc-like shape.
Simple acoustical technique for automated measurement of drift tube anode wire tension
The speaker voltage Vs as a function of time over its 1-second duration.
Simple acoustical technique for automated measurement of drift tube anode wire tension
Initially only the central point is occupied by speakers of just one language.
The emerging field of language dynamics
Just by their use, verbal expressions of this type have become part of the (scientific) language of the speaker or reader.
Notations Around the World: Census and Exploitation