|v. i.||1.||To utter words; esp., to converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts.|
|2.||To confer; to reason; to consult.|
|3.||To prate; to speak impertinently.|
|v. t.||1.||To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French.|
|2.||To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics.|
|3.||To consume or spend in talking; - often followed by away; as, to talk away an evening.|
|4.||To cause to be or become by talking.|
|n.||1.||The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more.|
|2.||Report; rumor; as, to hear talk of war.|
|3.||Subject of discourse; as, his achievment is the talk of the town.|
|Noun||1.||talk - an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more work and less talk around here"|
|2.||talk - (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of') discussion; "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"|
|3.||talk - the act of giving a talk to an audience; "I attended an interesting talk on local history"|
|4.||talk - a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"|
|5.||talk - idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately"|
Synonyms: talk of the town
|Verb||1.||talk - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"|
|2.||talk - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"|
|3.||talk - use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"|
|4.||talk - reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"|
|5.||talk - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"|
Synonyms: babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, spill the beans, tattle, babble, sing
|6.||talk - deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"|
|(chat, tool, networking, messaging)||talk - A Unix program and
protocol supporting conversation between two or more users
who may be logged into the same computer or different
computers on a network. Variants include ntalk, ytalk,
and ports or emulators of these programs for other
Unix has the talk program and protocol and its variants xtalk and ytalk for the X Window System; VMS has phone; Windows for Workgroups has chat. ITS also has a talk system. These split the screen into separate areas for each user.
Unix's write command can also be used, though it does not attempt to separate input and output on the screen.
Users of such systems are said to be in talk mode which has many conventional abbreviations and idioms. Most of these survived into chat jargon, but many fell out of common use with the migration of user prattle from talk-like systems to chat systems in the early 1990s. These disused talk-specific forms include:
"BYE?" - are you ready to close the conversation? This is the standard way to end a talk-mode conversation; the other person types "BYE" to confirm, or else continues the conversation.
"JAM"/"MIN" - just a minute
"O" - "over" (I have stopped talking). Also "/" as in x/y - x over y, or two newlines (the latter being the most common).
"OO" - "over and out" - end of conversation.
"\" - Greek lambda.
"R U THERE?" - are you there?
"SEC" - wait a second.
"/\/\/" - laughter. But on a MUD, this usually means "earthquake fault".
See also talk bomb.