Webster 1913 Edition
Any means of conveying or communicating ideas;
human speech; the expression of ideas by the voice; sounds, expressive of thought, articulated by the organs of the throat and mouth.
☞ 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.
The expression of ideas by writing, or any other instrumentality.
The forms of speech, or the methods of expressing ideas, peculiar to a particular nation.
The characteristic mode of arranging words, peculiar to an individual speaker or writer; manner of expression; style.
languageall their care express.
The inarticulate sounds by which animals inferior to man express their feelings or their wants.
The suggestion, by objects, actions, or conditions, of ideas associated therewith;
There was . . .
languagein their very gesture.
The vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or department of knowledge;
languageof chemistry or theology.
A race, as distinguished by its speech.
All the people, the nations, and the
languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image.
Dan. iii. 7.
Syn. – Speech; tongue; idiom; dialect; phraseology; diction; discourse; conversation; talk.
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.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To communicate by language; to express in language.
languagedin such doubtful expressions that they have a double sense.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Human speech; the expression of ideas by words or significant articulate sounds, for the communication of thoughts. 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 by letters, marks or characters which form words. Hence language consists also in
2.Words duly arranged in sentences, written, printed or engraved, and exhibited to the eye.
3.The speech or expression of ideas peculiar to a particular nation. Men had originally one and the same language, but the tribes or families of men, since their dispersion, have distinct languages.
4.Style; manner of expression.
Others for language all their care express.
5.The inarticulate sounds by which irrational animals express their feelings and wants. Each species of animals has peculiar sounds, which are uttered instinctively, and are understood by its own species, and its own species only.
6.Any manner of expressing thoughts. Thus we speak of the language of the eye, a language very expressive and intelligible.
7.A nation, as distinguished by their speech. Dan. 3.