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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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MacArthur and Graham (1987) found that typing proficiency was highly correlated with the length and quality of stories composed on a word processor.
The difficulty in communication among word processors with incompatible software comes largely from long-standing vendor strategy: Make the processor's code tricky and proprietary enough and the customer will have to buy all his/her equipment from that one vendor.
Your word processor will be able to access this file and permit you to change it.
The development of smaller word processors promoted their spread from the office into the home, and also spurred downsizing in technology for printers, LCDs, FDDs, HDDs, and ASICs.
It is likewise compatible with any word processor capable of reading and writing "RTF" files and allows users to synchronize documents between more than one desktop computer.
The PTO offers a downloadable patent application specification authoring tool (PASAT) that works with word processors to export documents in XML format.
Toshiba is the first of the major Japanese manufacturers to end production of word processors, prompted by the rapid increase in sales of personal computers, they said.
The telephone by the word processor has large numbers, nearly two inches high.
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The word processor file stored on the computer's hard disk can be the complete authoritative record of a business communication.
Whenever I tried to open my word processor, a message on the screen kept telling me something about a missing DLL.
And, depending on the size or technical status of your organization, all your application programs (such as your word processor or spreadsheet) and the data they generate are stored either on the hard disk inside your computer or on a central, remote computer, called a "server.