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Definition of Language


  1. Any means of conveying or communicating ideas; specifically, human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth.
  2. The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality.
  3. The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation.
  4. The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style.
  5. The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants.
  6. The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith; as, the language of flowers.
  7. The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge; as, medical language; the language of chemistry or theology.
  8. A race, as distinguished by its speech.
  9. To communicate by language; to express in language.

Language Quotations

A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. - William Arthur Ward
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
Mark Twain

Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.
Robert Benchley

Language... has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone.
Paul Tillich

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.
Maya Angelou
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Language Translations

language in Afrikaans is taal
language in Danish is sprog
language in Dutch is taal
language in Finnish is kieli
language in French is parole, langage
language in German is Sprache
language in Italian is idioma
language in Latin is lingua
language in Spanish is idioma
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