|n.||1.||The faculty of uttering articulate sounds or words; the faculty of expressing thoughts by words or articulate sounds; the power of speaking.|
|2.||he act of speaking; that which is spoken; words, as expressing ideas; language; conversation.|
O goode God! how gentle and how kind
Ye seemed by your speech and your visage
The day that maked was our marriage.
|3.||A particular language, as distinct from others; a tongue; a dialect.|
|4.||Talk; mention; common saying.|
|5.||formal discourse in public; oration; harangue.|
|6.||ny declaration of thoughts.|
|v. i. & t.||1.||To make a speech; to harangue.|
|Noun||1.||speech - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"|
|2.||speech - (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"|
|3.||speech - something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"|
|4.||speech - the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"|
|5.||speech - your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"|
|6.||speech - a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"|
|7.||speech - words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"|
|8.||speech - the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"|
SPEECH. A formal discourse in public.
2. The liberty of speech is guaranteed to members of the legislature, to counsel in court in debate.
3. The reduction of a speech to writing and its publication is a libel, if the matter contained in it is libelous; and the repetition of it upon occasions not warranted by law, when the matter is slanderous, will be slander and. tho character of the speaker will be no protection to him from an action. 1 M. & S. 273; 1 Esp. C. 226 Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. See Debate; Liberty of speech.