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Definition of Tongue


  1. an organ situated in the floor of the mouth of most vertebrates and connected with the hyoid arch.
  2. The power of articulate utterance; speech.
  3. Discourse; fluency of speech or expression.
  4. Honorable discourse; eulogy.
  5. A language; the whole sum of words used by a particular nation; as, the English tongue.
  6. Speech; words or declarations only; -- opposed to thoughts or actions.
  7. A people having a distinct language.
  8. The lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk.
  9. The proboscis of a moth or a butterfly.
  10. The lingua of an insect.
  11. Any small sole.
  12. That which is considered as resembing an animal's tongue, in position or form.
  13. A projection, or slender appendage or fixture; as, the tongue of a buckle, or of a balance.
  14. A projection on the side, as of a board, which fits into a groove.
  15. A point, or long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or a lake.
  16. The pole of a vehicle; especially, the pole of an ox cart, to the end of which the oxen are yoked.
  17. The clapper of a bell.
  18. A short piece of rope spliced into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also. the upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces.
  19. Same as Reed, n., 5.
  20. To speak; to utter.
  21. To chide; to scold.
  22. To modulate or modify with the tongue, as notes, in playing the flute and some other wind instruments.
  23. To join means of a tongue and grove; as, to tongue boards together.
  24. To talk; to prate.
  25. To use the tongue in forming the notes, as in playing the flute and some other wind instruments.

Tongue Quotations

Listen! Clam up your mouth and be silent like an oyster shell, for that tongue of yours is the enemy of the soul, my friend. When the lips are silent, the heart has a hundred tongues.

You can change your world by changing your words... Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Joel Osteen

Let your tongue speak what your heart thinks.
Davy Crockett

We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less.

I don't deserve any credit for turning the other cheek as my tongue is always in it.
Flannery O'Connor
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Tongue Translations

tongue in Afrikaans is taal
tongue in Danish is tunge, sprog
tongue in Dutch is tong
tongue in Finnish is kieli
tongue in French is langage, langue, parole
tongue in German is Zunge, Sprache
tongue in Hungarian is nyelv
tongue in Italian is idioma, lingua
tongue in Latin is lingua
tongue in Spanish is lengua
tongue in Swedish is tunga
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