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word

(News), noun account, advice, bulletin, communication, dispatch, information, intelligence, mention, message, report, statement

word

(Promise), noun affirmation, agreement, averment, avouchment, avowal, declaration, pledge, profession, solemn declaration, statement, undertaking, vow, warrant

word

(Term), noun adage, antonym, argument, coined word, colloquy, command, contention, dialogue, discourse, expression, homonym, maxim, mot, motto, observation, palaver, parlay, part of speech, phrase, proverb, remark, saying, statement, utterance, verbalism
Associated concepts: actionable words, words of art, words of limitation
See also: canon, declaration, disclosure, expression, intelligence, news, phrase, pledge, profession, promise, remark, term, undertaking, vow

WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

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Word Game Helper provides tools to help improve people's vocabulary and performance in word games like Scrabble, Words with Friends, Crosswords, Hangman, etc.
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The disadvantage is that word networks are restricted to words of a common length; this can be overcome by creating insertiondeletion networks in which one either adds or deletes a letter from a word to move to the next word.
There's a Web site that hawks T-shirts and DVDs exhorting blacks, especially young blacks, to solemnly pledge not to use the word or patronize anyone who puts out products that use the word.
takes the word 'chairman' to have any necessary reference to a chair, even if it originally did" (emphasis added).
Which makes me think that the English bishops are taking their cue from that branch of Scripture scholarship which holds that "the Scriptures are the words of God, but they are also the words of men," a saying of Father Brown.
MIT linguist David Pesetsky, who attended a lecture on the Piraha given by Everett at a scientific meeting in September, says that the language appears to operate much like languages elsewhere on general characteristics, such as word order.
Nor does he have to since he alone among the gospel writers has chosen to start his story with the bold identification of Jesus as divine Word--first, last, and sufficient word, no less.
That's why word of mouth reduces both the amount of information and the time it takes to process it.
Word sorts have also been investigated in isolation (not embedded within a program).
The 50% known condition had two unknown Esperanto words and two known words, the 83% known condition had one unknown Esperanto word and five known words, and the 90% known condition contained one unknown Esperanto word and nine known words.