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word O.E. word "speech, talk, utterance, word," from P.Gmc. *wurdan (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. word, Du. woord, O.H.G., Ger. wort, O.N. orð, Goth. waurd), from PIE *were- "speak, say" (see VERB (Cf. verb)). The meaning "promise" was in O.E., as was the theological sense. In the plural, the meaning "verbal altercation" (as in to have words with someone) dates from mid-15c. Word processor first recorded 1970; word processing is from 1984; word wrap is from 1977. A word to the wise is from Latin phrase verbum sapienti satis est "a word to the wise is enough." Word of mouth is recorded from 1550s.
It is dangerous to leave written that which is badly written. A chance word, upon paper, may destroy the world. Watch carefully and erase, while the power is still yours, I say to myself, for all that is put down, once it escapes, may rot its way into a thousand minds, the corn become a black smut, and all libraries, of necessity, be burned to the ground as a consequence. [William Carlos Williams, "Paterson"]

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  • word — [OE] Word and verb are closely related. Both go back ultimately to the Indo European base *wer ‘speak, say’, which also produced Greek rhétōr ‘public speaker’ (source of English rhetoric), Latvian vārds ‘word’, and Lithuanian vardas ‘name’. Its… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • Word — Word, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord, G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa[ u]rd, OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or perhaps to Gr. rh twr an orator. Cf. {Verb}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spoken… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Word Up! — «Word Up!» Сингл Cameo из альбома Word Up! Выпущен …   Википедия

  • word — ► NOUN 1) a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used to form sentences with others. 2) a remark or statement. 3) (a word) even the smallest amount of something spoken or written: don t believe a word. 4) (words) angry talk.… …   English terms dictionary

  • word — [wʉrd] n. [ME < OE, akin to Ger wort < IE * werdh (extension of base * wer , to speak, say) > Gr eirein, to speak, L verbum, word] 1. a) a speech sound, or series of them, serving to communicate meaning and consisting of at least one… …   English World dictionary

  • WORD — WORD, in the Bible, primarily renders the Hebrew davar, but also omer (pl. amarim), imrah, and peh (lit. mouth ). The word of the Lord, an oft–recurring scriptural phrase, signifies a divine communication to man that reveals God s character or… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Word — (zumeist von engl. word „Wort“) steht für eine Textverarbeitungssoftware von Microsoft, siehe Microsoft Word ein Datenwort, die Grundverarbeitungsdatengröße bei einem Computer die Bekräftigung oder Zustimmung (zu) einer vorangegangenen Aussage,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • word — [n1] discussion chat, chitchat*, colloquy, confab*, confabulation, consultation, conversation, discussion, talk, tête è tête; concept 56 Ant. silence word [n2] statement account, adage, advice, announcement, bulletin, byword, comment,… …   New thesaurus

  • Word Up — may refer to:*Word Up!, a 1986 R B album by Cameo **Word Up!, a song on the above album, also covered by Gun, Melanie B and Korn *Word Up!, a slang phrase, usually an exclamation or interjection *Word Up, computer pub game, popular in the UK… …   Wikipedia

  • Word — Word, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wording}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To express in words; to phrase. [1913 Webster] The apology for the king is the same, but worded with greater deference to that great prince. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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