j) KEY NOUN:
- Communication of thoughts and feelings through a system of arbitrary signals, such as voice sounds, gestures, or written symbols.
- Such a system including its rules for combining its components, such as words.
- Such a system as used by a nation, people, or other distinct community; often contrasted with dialect.
- A system of signs, symbols, gestures, or rules used in communicating: the language of algebra.
- Computer Science A system of symbols and rules used for communication with or between computers.
- Body language; kinesics.
- The special vocabulary and usages of a scientific, professional, or other group: "his total mastery of screen languagecamera placement, editingand his handling of actors" (Jack Kroll).
- A characteristic style of speech or writing: Shakespearean language.
- A particular manner of expression: profane language; persuasive language.
- The manner or means of communication between living creatures other than humans: the language of dolphins.
- Verbal communication as a subject of study.
- The wording of a legal document or statute as distinct from the spirit.
Middle English, from Old French langage
, from langue
, tongue, language
, from Latin lingua
; see dgh-
in Indo-European roots