word [-s] n

OE < Germanic *wrdho-, name, forename, < IE wer-, speaker, command, law.

  1. Morpheme; meaningful element of a language; specific lexical item that has semantic content; [in ED poem J8/Fr42] spoken term that represents the poignant meanings of the idea “forgot.”
  2. Single utterance; verbal expression; specific meaningful term spoken aloud.
  3. Curse; invective; expletive; [fig.] censure.
  4. Sound; tone; [fig.] note; strain; musical phrase.
  5. Text; lyric; [fig.] human speech sounds.
  6. Prayer; orison; verbal petition to Deity.
  7. Written representation; language unit consisting of alphabetical characters; meaningful element that can be pronounced aloud, as a whole or letter by letter.
  8. Concept; message; comment; thought; idea to be communicated; semantic structure underlying spoken language; meaning that could be represented by speech.
  9. Remark; information; tidings; news; gossip; [fig.] buzzing sound; insect music; [metaphor] acknowledgment; commiseration; consolation; expression of comfort.
  10. Conversation; expressive style; delivery; phraseology; verbiage; way of speaking.
  11. Promise; commitment; oath; contract; covenant; vow; agreement; intention.
  12. Expression; ability to communicate.
  13. Lexical item; [fig.] person; spirit; individual; intelligence; [metaphor] Logos; Jesus Christ; Redeemer; Savior of men's souls; (see John 1:1-3).