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word US English

A single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically shown with a space on either side when written or printed

-word US English

Denoting a word that may be offensive or have a negative connotation, specified by the word’s first letter

word US Thesaurus

the Italian word for “ham”

the Word in word US English

The Bible, or a part of it

the Word US English

The Bible, or a part of it

F-word US English

Used as a euphemism for the word “fuck” because of the latter’s taboo status

L-word US English

Used in place of such words as “liberal,” “lesbian,” and “love,” in contexts where the word is regarded as having negative or taboo connotations

N-word US English

Used instead of or in reference to the word “nigger” because of its taboo nature

wh-word US English

Any of a class of English words used to introduce questions and relative clauses. The main wh-words are why, who, which, what, where, when, and how

my word US English

An exclamation of surprise or emphasis

boo word US English

A word or expression denoting something that is regarded with disapproval or dislike

code word US English

A word used for secrecy or convenience instead of the usual name for something

cuss word US English

A swear word

last word US English

A final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject

send word US English

Send a message

word game US English

A game involving the making, guessing, or selection of words

word wrap US English

(In word processing) a feature that automatically moves a word that is too long to fit on a line to the beginning of the next line

dirty word US English

An offensive or indecent word

empty word US English

A word that has only a grammatical function, and no meaning in itself (for example, the infinitive marker to in English)

entry word US English

A word, phrase, or name that is the subject of and heading for an entry in a dictionary, glossary, or encyclopedia, and is usually set in boldface or another distinctive type; a headword or lemma

ghost word US English

A word that is not actually used but is recorded in a dictionary or other reference work

nonce word US English

A word coined for one single occasion only

swear word US English

An offensive word, used especially as an expression of anger

at a word US English

As soon as requested

word break US English

A point at which a word is split between two lines of text by means of a hyphen

word class US English

A category of words of similar form or function; a part of speech

word cloud US English

An image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance

word length US English

The number of bits in a word

word order US English

The sequence of words in a sentence, especially as governed by grammatical rules and as affecting meaning

word salad US English

A confused or unintelligible mixture of seemingly random words and phrases, specifically (in psychiatry) as a form of speech indicative of advanced schizophrenia

word search US English

A puzzle consisting of letters arranged in a grid, containing several hidden words written in any direction

word square US English

A puzzle requiring the discovery of a set of words of equal length written one under another to read the same down as across, e.g., too old ode

word for word US English

In exactly the same or, when translated, exactly equivalent words

function word US English

A word whose purpose is more to signal grammatical relationship than the lexical meaning of a sentence, e.g., do in do you live here?

nonsense word US English

A word having no conventionally accepted meaning

reserved word US English

A word in a programming language that has a fixed meaning and cannot be redefined by the programmer

word deafness US English

An inability to identify spoken words, resulting from a brain defect such as Wernicke’s aphasia

word-perfect US English

Another term for letter-perfect.

word picture US English

A vivid description in writing

word problem US English

A mathematics exercise presented in the form of a hypothetical situation that requires an equation to be solved; for example, “if George earns a salary of $18,500 and 28% of it is deducted in taxes, how much take-home pay remains?”

four-letter word US English

Any of several short words referring to sexual or excretory functions, regarded as coarse or offensive

a good word US English

Words in recommendation or defense of a person

say the word US English

Give permission or instructions to do something

have a word US English

Speak briefly to someone

word blindness US English

Less technical term for alexia, or (less accurately) for dyslexia.

word processing US English

The production, storage, and manipulation of text on a computer or word processor

word processor US English

A program or machine for storing, manipulating, and formatting text entered from a keyboard and providing a printout

mum's the word US English

(As a request or warning) say nothing; don’t reveal a secret


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