• Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
    Suvaroff makes a speech to some of his soldiers
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n speech the mental faculty or power of vocal communication "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
    • n speech a lengthy rebuke "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline","the teacher gave him a talking to"
    • n speech words making up the dialogue of a play "the actor forgot his speech"
    • n speech your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt","her speech was barren of southernisms","I detected a slight accent in his speech"
    • n speech (language) communication by word of mouth "his speech was garbled","he uttered harsh language","he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
    • n speech the exchange of spoken words "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
    • n speech something spoken "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
    • n speech the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Speech, Thanking his Fellow Countrymen 078 A Speech, Thanking his Fellow Countrymen 078
Started in on a Democratic Speech 175 Started in on a Democratic Speech 175
Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself
Scipio Æmilianus cramming himself for a Speech after a hearty Supper Scipio Æmilianus cramming himself for a Speech after a hearty Supper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding
    • Speech A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect. "People of a strange speech and of an hard language."
    • Speech formal discourse in public; oration; harangue. "The constant design of these orators, in all their speeches , was to drive some one particular point."
    • Speech he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation. "O goode God! how gentle and how kind
      Ye seemed by your speech and your visage
      The day that maked was our marriage."
      "The acts of God . . . to human ears
      Can nort without process of speech be told."
    • Speech ny declaration of thoughts. "I. with leave of speech implored, . . . replied."
    • Speech Talk; mention; common saying. "The duke . . . did of me demand
      What was the speech among the Londoners
      Concerning the French journey."
    • Speech The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking. "There is none comparable to the variety of instructive expressions by speech , wherewith man alone is endowed for the communication of his thoughts."
    • v. i. & t Speech To make a speech; to harangue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
    • n speech The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words, as in human beings and, by imitation, in some birds; capacity for expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking, or of uttering words either in the speaking-or the singing-voice.
    • n speech The action or exercise of speaking; expression of thoughts or ideas with the speaking-voice; oral utterance or communication; also, an act or exercise of oral expression or communication; talk; conversation; discourse: as, a person's habit of speech; to be chary of speech; their speech was all about themselves.
    • n speech The words and grammatical forms in which thought is expressed; language; a language.
    • n speech That which is spoken; thoughts as uttered or written; a saying or remark; especially, a more or less formal address or other utterance; an oration; a harangue: as, a cutting speech in conversation; the speeches in a dialogue or a drama; to deliver a speech; a volume of speeches.
    • n speech A speaking or talking of something; uttered opinion, intention, etc.; oral or verbal mention; report.
    • n speech An occasion of speaking; course of speaking; oral communication; colloquy; conference; parlance: as, to get speech of or with a person.
    • n speech Manner of speaking; form or quality of that which is spoken or of spoken sounds; method of utterance, either habitual or occasional: as, his speech betrays his nationality; rapid speech; thick or harsh speech.
    • n speech The utterance or sounding of a musical instrument, especially of a pipe in a pipe-organ.
    • n speech In a wheel, the hub with the spokes, but without the fellies and tire.
    • n speech Synonyms Speech, Address, Harangue, Oration. Speech is generic, and applies to any form of words uttered; it is the thing spoken, without reference to its quality or the manner of speaking it. An address is a speech viewed as spoken to one or more persons, and is generally of the better sort: as, Paul's speech on Mars' Hill; his address before Felix. A harangue is a noisy speech, usually unstudied and unpolished, addressed to a large audience and in a violent manner. An oration is a formal, impressive, studied, and elaborately polished address: as, Webster was selected to deliver the oration when the corner-stone of the Bunker Hill monument was laid, and again when the monument was completed. See sermon and language.
    • speech To make a speech; harangue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest Oscar acceptance speech was made by Greer Garson for 1924's "Mrs. Miniver." It took an hour.
    • n Speech spēch that which is spoken: language: the power of speaking: manner of speech, oration: any declaration of thoughts: mention: colloquy: conference
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  • Dan Kennedy
    Dan Kennedy
    “It's easier to find a new audience than to write a new speech.”
  • Ilya G. Ehrenburg
    Ilya G. Ehrenburg
    “There is nothing more wonderful than freedom of speech.”
  • Leo Mckern
    Leo Mckern
    “It is easy to believe in freedom of speech for those with whom we agree.”
  • Salman Rushdie
    “Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.”
  • Ralph Charell
    Ralph Charell
    “The inner speech, your thoughts, can cause you to be rich or poor, loved or unloved, happy or unhappy, attractive or unattractive, powerful or weak.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “Speech is of time, silence is of eternity.”


Flowery speech - Flowery speech is full of lovely words, but may well lack substance.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. speche, AS. spc, spr, fr. specan, sprecan, to speak; akin to D. spraak, speech, OHG. sprāhha, G. sprache, Sw. sprk, Dan. sprog,. See Speak
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spǽc, sprǽc; Ger. sprache.


In literature:

To obtain the gift of language, and then to use one's speech to curse the giver!
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
On the other hand, nobody, least of all the patriotic politicians who make speeches, will admit that we are Irish.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
It's a bully place for a speech.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
To this speech the replies of the Council and Assembly were but an echo.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
There is one speech one way, and there is another speech the other way.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
But as a rule free speech in the South was at an end before 1840.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
Mr Disraeli made a long speech for the sake of making a speech.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Vol 2 (of 3), 1844-1853" by Queen Victoria
And yet, as we all know, these ways of speech were not his own.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But, as the evening wore on and the speeches inside still continued, the crowd became restive.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
He had to listen to many speeches sufficiently to know when and what to answer.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins

In poetry:

Oh, bells of Easter morn! your mighty voices reach
A deeper depth than speech;
We heard, "Because He liveth they shall live with Him;"
This was our Easter hymn.
"Easter Bells" by Kate Seymour Maclean
The grey waves crash. The wind whirls over.
The flower is withered from the beach,
Whose waves divide the loved and lover,
Whose wind blows louder than their speech.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
But at a word you are nearer now than when
We sat and spoke, or merely looked and thought,
Knowing all speech superfluous then,
Since what we needed, silence brought;--
"The Thorn" by John Freeman
'My darling, this is all; speech fails; stoop low,
Tenderest face I love so! — now, before
Sight, sense, fail also, and I cannot know
Even you — kiss me once more.'
"The Gate Of Death" by Samuel John Stone
No! let us speak, though feeble be our speech,
And let us sing, though faltering be our strain,
And haply echoes of the song may reach
And please the soul we cannot see again.
"In Memoriam — Nicol Drysdale Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
We are thine, O Love, being in thee and made of thee,
As thou, Love, were the deep thought
And we the speech of the thought; yea, spoken are we,
Thy fires of thought out-spoken:
"Hymn To Love" by Lascelles Abercrombie

In news:

Common Cause Asks Court About Thomas Speech.
A Curious Commencement Speech, Brought to Butler Students By TIME.
The battle over free speech.
An Analysis of His Speech in Cape Girardeau 3/10 Lincoln Day Event.
Watch the Senator Carper 'ss victory speech.
What did you think of President Obama's speech at the DNC.
Media barred from Bush speech in Cayman Islands .
When US officials asked the news media not to take pictures of those killed by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, they were censoring a key part of the disaster story, free- speech watchdogs said yesterday.
So how was the speech.
What Will Obama's Speech Accomplish.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy in a speech today at Virginia Military Institute.
Speech sections are upon us again this weekend.
Romney set to deliver crucial speech Karen Tumulty and William Branigin.
Protesters Storm Ballroom, Interrupt Bloomberg Speech, Chant 'We Are the World.
Libyan court heard speech law appeal.

In science:

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
Examples include written material, such as the text of this paper, speech, and trains of electromagnetic signals representing digitized text.
Towards a Coherent Theory of Physics and Mathematics: The Theory-Experiment Connection
It forms a complete coded speech frame of 456 bits.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
This delays in emitting the ‘E Compute to Down’ signal on the speech coding module.
EPspectra: A Formal Toolkit for Developing DSP Software Applications
Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Process., vol.
Sample eigenvalue based detection of high dimensional signals in white noise using relatively few samples