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speech  audio  (spch) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. The faculty or act of speaking.
    2. The faculty or act of expressing or describing thoughts, feelings, or perceptions by the articulation of words.
  1. Something spoken; an utterance.
  2. Vocal communication; conversation.
    1. A talk or public address: "The best impromptu speeches are the ones written well in advance" (Ruth Gordon).
    2. A printed copy of such an address.
  3. One's habitual manner or style of speaking.
  4. The language or dialect of a nation or region: American speech.
  5. The sounding of a musical instrument.
  6. The study of oral communication, speech sounds, and vocal physiology.
  7. Archaic Rumor.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English speche, from Old English sprc, spc


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