• "'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'"
    "'What is it?—a fire? Speak, boy!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj speaking capable of or involving speech or speaking "human beings--the speaking animals","a speaking part in the play"
    • n speaking the utterance of intelligible speech
    • n speaking delivering an address to a public audience "people came to see the candidates and hear the speechmaking"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'My master wishes to speak with you.'" "'My master wishes to speak with you.'"
The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform The witch speaks to Ball-Carrier, who is lying on a platform
Grethari speaks to the maiden Grethari speaks to the maiden
The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket The disguised princess speaks to the boy in the myrtle thicket
The prince reclines, listening, as the princess speaks The prince reclines, listening, as the princess speaks
A wolf speaking with a lamb A wolf speaking with a lamb
Joseph as Ruler of Egypt speaks to his brothers Joseph as Ruler of Egypt speaks to his brothers

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Montreal is the second largest French speaking city after Paris
    • Speaking Public declamation; oratory.
    • Speaking Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness.
    • Speaking The act of uttering words.
    • Speaking Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: C3P0 is the first character to speak in Star Wars.
    • speaking Adapted to inform or impress as if by speech; forcibly expressive or suggestive; animated or vivid in appearance: as, a speaking likeness; speaking gestures.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Three Wise Monkeys have names: Mizaru (See no evil), Mikazaru (Hear no evil), and Mazaru (Speak no evil).
    • Speaking the act of expressing ideas in words: discourse
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Own more than thou showest, speak less than thou knowest.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    “Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “The word is half his that speaks, and half his that hears it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hear much, speak little”
  • Voltaire
    “When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.”
  • William James
    “There is a voice inside which speaks and says: This is the real me!”


Actions speak louder than words - This idiom means that what people actually do is more important than what they say- people can promise things but then fail to deliver.
Speak of the devil! - If you are talking about someone and they happen to walk in, you can use this idiom as a way of letting them know you were talking about them.
Speak softly and carry a big stick - If you speak softly and carry a big stick, you make your case quietly but can back it up forcefully if necessary.
Speak to the organ grinder not the monkey - Talk to the boss not the subordinate
Speak volumes - If something speaks volumes, it tells us a lot about the real nature of something or someone,even though it may only be a small detail.
Speak with a forked tongue - To say one thing and mean another, to lie, to be two-faced
Speak your mind - If you speak your mind, you say what you exactly think about a subject regardless of whether others will agree with you or not.


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


In literature:

No; it is merely concerning the local history of Ballytrain and its inhabitants that I am speaking.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
She looked bigger than ever when she stood up to speak to Lesbia.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
I meant to speak to Mr. Rockharrt after speaking to you.
"For Woman's Love" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Speak no more, I beseech you, in such language.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
I cannot satisfy my conscience except by speaking, and speaking now.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
Tomorrow I will go to the Gate House and see my uncle, and speak for the boy.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Brother Miller put John Kline forward to take the lead in speaking.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Speak of his manners, his way of speaking; his character as it appeared when you knew him.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
You, poor devil, you cannot speak: shall I go to Beratinsky and see whether he can speak?
"Sunrise" by William Black
Those who are accustomed to addressing large audiences, or to speaking in the open air, speak very slowly.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton

In poetry:

Helpless. Helpless,
should I speak.
Would you.
What do you think of me.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
Gone are all the glories.
Autumn, speak!
Where for what no more is
Shall we seek?
"Autumn" by Manmohan Ghose
What syllable are you seeking,
In the distances of sleep?
Speak it.
"To The Roaring Wind" by Wallace Stevens
TREAD lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.
"Requiescat" by Oscar Wilde
Then with my burning cheek,
Raising my head, I speak,
"Lemoine, Lemoine, my lost! Oh, speak to me once, I pray!"
But no word will she deign,
Adown the shining lane,
The long and lustrous lane of the moonlight she glides away.
"Lemoine" by Marietta Holley
Sons of the granite hills, your birds
Your winds, your waters, and your trees,
Of faith and freedom speak, in words
That should be felt in times like these;
Their voice comes to you from the sky!
In them, God speaks of Liberty.
"The Gag" by John Pierpont

In news:

It might be right next door, galactically speaking.
Bishop Gregory J Hartmayer, of the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, speaks at the 2012 Augusta Life Chain, a public anti-abortion event.
Speaks at the XIX International Aids Conference, Monday, more.
Audie Cornish speaks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about basketball player Royce White.
Nov 16, 2012 (All Things Considered) — Audie Cornish speaks with sportswriter Stefan Fatsis about basketball player Royce White.
Cecil Singleton, right, listens as his lawyer Jeff Herman, left, speak during a press conference on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 in New York.
View full size Associated Press photo Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid walks off the field to speak to the media after NFL football practice at the team's training complex, Thursday, Nov 1, 2012, in Philadelphia.
Attorney Patrick J Fitzgerald speaks to reporters during a news conference Thursday in Chicago.
Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition's 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates Forum in Washington on Dec 7, 2011.
First Autistic Presidential Appointee Speaks Out.
Johnny B speaks to Mr Mint, the world's largest buyer of vintage sports memorabilia.
EAA President Rod Hightower speaks at the first Wicks Aircraft Forum.
Rep Allen West, R-Plantation, speaks to approximately 250 people during his first town hall-style meeting on the Treasure Coast held at the Port St Lucie Civic Center in Port St Lucie in April.
Chicago-area company defends its Speak product, but claims are troubling to some speech experts.
Google Maps in Aussie Speak.

In science:

Roughly speaking, one can calculate the multipole moments of the field by integrating the spherical harmonics with indices ℓ and m with ∇2ψ over all space.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Strictly speaking, we should count the zeros with multiplicities, but polynomials in PN almost surely have only simple zeros.) The expected zero distribution has a simple expression: Proposition 7.
Equilibrium distribution of zeros of random polynomials
Roughly speaking, we take as a model of our language one in which the domain of empirical individuals is of finite cardinality.
Evaluating Defaults
Technically speaking, it is a quadratic form on the Wightman domain, rather than an unbounded operator.
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
Strictly speaking, this exponential regularization corresponds to the generalized Fourier transformation — see, e.g., Section 1.3. in ref..
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling