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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Speak v. i. [imp. Spoke (Spake Archaic); p. p. Spoken (Spoke, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. Speaking.]
 1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak.
    Till at the last spake in this manner.   --Chaucer.
    Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.   --1 Sam. iii. 9.
 2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse.
    That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak.   --Boyle.
    An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not.   --Shak.
    During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history.   --Macaulay.
 3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally.
    Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty.   --Clarendon.
 4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell.
    Lycan speaks of a part of Caesar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake.   --Addison.
 5. To give sound; to sound.
    Make all our trumpets speak.   --Shak.
 6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will.
    Thine eye begins to speak.   --Shak.
 To speak of, to take account of, to make mention of. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
 To speak out, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.
 To speak well for, to commend; to be favorable to.
 To speak with, to converse with. “Would you speak with me?” --Shak.
 Syn: -- To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Speak·ing, a.
 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube.
 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness.
 A speaking acquaintance, a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.
 Speaking trumpet, an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.
 Speaking tube, a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.
 To be on speaking terms, to be slightly acquainted.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Speak·ing, n.
 1. The act of uttering words.
 2. Public declamation; oratory.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: capable of or involving speech or speaking; "human
             beings--the speaking animals"; "a speaking part in the
             play" [syn: speaking(a)] [ant: nonspeaking]
      2: capable of speech; "the speaking animal" [syn: speaking(a),
      n 1: the utterance of intelligible speech [syn: speech
      2: delivering an address to a public audience; "people came to
         see the candidates and hear the speechmaking" [syn: public
         speaking, speechmaking, oral presentation]