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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lan"guage
  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."Others for language all their care express." [Pope.]
  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."There was . . . language in their very gesture." [Shak.]
  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.(R)"All the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image." [Dan. iii. 7.]
  9. Any system of symbols created for the purpose of communicating ideas, emotions, commands, etc., between sentient agents.
  10. Specifically:[computers] Any set of symbols and the rules for combining them which are used to specify to a computer the actions that it is to take; also referred to as a computer lanugage or programming language; as, JAVA is a new and flexible high-level language which has achieved popularity very rapidly.
    synonyms: Speech; tongue; idiom; dialect; phraseology; diction; discourse; conversation; talk.

Note: Language consists in the oral utterance of sounds which usage has made the representatives of ideas. When two or more persons customarily annex the same sounds to the same ideas, the expression of these sounds by one person communicates his ideas to another. This is the primary sense of language, the use of which is to communicate the thoughts of one person to another through the organs of hearing. Articulate sounds are represented to the eye by letters, marks, or characters, which form words.

Note: ☞ Computer languages are classed a low-level if each instruction specifies only one operation of the computer, or high-level if each instruction may specify a complex combination of operations. Machine language and assembly language are low-level computer languages. FORTRAN COBOL and C are high-level computer languages. Other computer languages, such as JAVA, allow even more complex combinations of low-level operations to be performed with a single command. Many programs, such as databases, are supplied with special languages adapted to manipulate the objects of concern for that specific program. These are also high-level languages.

Usage: Language Speech Tongue Idiom Dialect. Language is generic, denoting, in its most extended use, any mode of conveying ideas; speech is the language of articulate sounds; tongue is the Anglo-Saxon term for language, esp. for spoken language; as, the English tongue. Idiom denotes the forms of construction peculiar to a particular language; dialects are varieties of expression which spring up in different parts of a country among people speaking substantially the same language.

Etymology: OE. langage, F. langage, fr. L. lingua the tongue, hence speech, language; akin to E. tongue. See Tongue, cf. Lingual

verb Lan"guage
To communicate by language; to express in language.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The mental faculty or power of vocal communication ("language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals")
  2. The cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication ("he didn't have the language to express his feelings")
  3. A systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols ("he taught foreign languages", "the language introduced is standard throughout the text", and "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written")
  4. A system of words used to name things in a particular discipline ("the language of sociology")
  5. The text of a popular song or musical-comedy number ("the song uses colloquial language")
  6. (language) communication by word of mouth ("he uttered harsh language" and "he recorded the spoken language of the streets")

Notable Persons With the Last Name Language

Juan Language is a rugby player. Juan was born on April 19th, 1989 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


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Fun Facts about the name Language

  • When was the first name Language first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Language is Thursday, September 5th, 1907.
  • How unique is the name Language? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Language. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Language: Your name in reverse order is Egaugnal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eguaangl. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Language born Jan 29, 1993

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 1800. Your profession was seaman, dealer, businessman, and broker.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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