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tongue


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tongue  \Tongue\,  n.  [OE.  tunge,  tonge,  AS  tunge;  akin  to 
  OFries  tunge,  D.  tong,  OS  tunga,  G.  zunge,  OHG.  zunga, 
  Icel.  &  Sw  tunga,  Dan  tunge,  Goth.  tugg[=o],  OL  dingua,  L. 
  lingua.  [root]243  Cf.{Language},  {Lingo}.  ] 
  1.  (Anat.)  an  organ  situated  in  the  floor  of  the  mouth  of 
  most  vertebrates  and  connected  with  the  hyoid  arch. 
 
  Note:  The  tongue  is  usually  muscular,  mobile,  and  free  at  one 
  extremity,  and  in  man  other  mammals  is  the  principal 
  organ  of  taste,  aids  in  the  prehension  of  food,  in 
  swallowing,  and  in  modifying  the  voice  as  in  speech. 
 
  To  make  his  English  sweet  upon  his  tongue. 
  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  The  power  of  articulate  utterance;  speech. 
 
  Parrots  imitating  human  tongue.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  Discourse;  fluency  of  speech  or  expression. 
 
  Much  tongue  and  much  judgment  seldom  go  together. 
  --L.  Estrange. 
 
  4.  Honorable  discourse;  eulogy.  [Obs.] 
 
  She  was  born  noble;  let  that  title  find  her  a 
  private  grave,  but  neither  tongue  nor  honor.  --Beau. 
  &  Fl 
 
  5.  A  language;  the  whole  sum  of  words  used  by  a  particular 
  nation;  as  the  English  tongue.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Whose  tongue  thou  shalt  not  understand.  --Deut. 
  xxviii.  49. 
 
  To  speak  all  tongues.  --Milton. 
 
  6.  Speech;  words  or  declarations  only;  --  opposed  to  thoughts 
  or  actions. 
 
  My  little  children,  let  us  love  in  word  neither  in 
  tongue,  but  in  deed  and  in  truth.  --1  John  iii. 
  18. 
 
  7.  A  people  having  a  distinct  language. 
 
  A  will  gather  all  nations  and  tongues.  --Isa.  lxvi. 
  18. 
 
  8.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  lingual  ribbon,  or  odontophore,  of  a  mollusk. 
  b  The  proboscis  of  a  moth  or  a  butterfly. 
  c  The  lingua  of  an  insect. 
 
  9.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  small  sole. 
 
  10.  That  which  is  considered  as  resembing  an  animal's  tongue, 
  in  position  or  form  Specifically: 
  a  A  projection,  or  slender  appendage  or  fixture;  as 
  the  tongue  of  a  buckle,  or  of  a  balance. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tongue  \Tongue\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  talk;  to  prate.  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  To  use  the  tongue  in  forming  the  notes,  as  in 
  playing  the  flute  and  some  other  wind  instruments. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tongue  \Tongue\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Tongued};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Tonguing}.] 
  1.  To  speak;  to  utter.  ``Such  stuff  as  madmen  tongue.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  chide;  to  scold. 
 
  How  might  she  tongue  me  --Shak. 
 
  3.  (Mus.)  To  modulate  or  modify  with  the  tongue,  as  notes,  in 
  playing  the  flute  and  some  other  wind  instruments. 
 
  4.  To  join  means  of  a  tongue  and  grove;  as  to  tongue  boards 
  together. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Radula  \Rad"u*la\,  n.;  pl  {Radul[ae]}.  [L.,  a  scraper,  fr 
  radere  to  scrape.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  The  chitinous  ribbon  bearing  the  teeth  of  mollusks;  --  called 
  also  {lingual  ribbon},  and  {tongue}.  See  {Odontophore}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tongue 
  n  1:  a  mobile  mass  of  muscular  tissue  covered  with  mucous 
  membrane  and  located  in  the  oral  cavity  [syn:  {lingua}, 
  {glossa},  {clapper}] 
  2:  a  human  written  or  spoken  language  used  by  a  community; 
  opposed  to  e.g.  a  computer  language  [syn:  {natural 
  language}]  [ant:  {artificial  language}] 
  3:  any  long  thin  projection  that  is  transient;  "tongues  of 
  flame  licked  at  the  walls";  "rifles  exploded  quick  knives 
  of  fire  into  the  dark"  [syn:  {knife}] 
  4:  a  manner  of  speaking;  "he  spoke  with  a  thick  tongue";  "she 
  has  a  glib  tongue" 
  5:  a  narrow  strip  of  land  that  juts  out  into  the  sea  [syn:  {spit}] 
  6:  the  tongue  of  certain  animals  used  as  meat 
  7:  the  flap  of  material  under  the  laces  of  a  shoe  or  boot 
  8:  metal  piece  that  hangs  inside  a  bell  and  makes  a  sound  by 
  hitting  the  side  [syn:  {clapper}] 
  v  1:  articulate  by  tonguing,  as  on  wind  instruments 
  2:  lick  or  explore  with  the  tongue 




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