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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Speak  \Speak\,  v.  i.  [imp.  {Spoke}({Spake}Archaic);  p.  p. 
  {Spoken}({Spoke},  Obs.  or  Colloq.);  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Speaking}.]  [OE.  speken,  AS  specan,  sprecan  akin  to 
  OF.ries.  spreka  D.  spreken  OS  spreken  G.  sprechen  OHG. 
  sprehhan  and  perhaps  to  Skr.  sph[=u]rj  to  crackle,  to 
  thunder.  Cf  {Spark}  of  fire,  {Speech}.] 
  1.  To  utter  words  or  articulate  sounds,  as  human  beings;  to 
  express  thoughts  by  words  as  the  organs  may  be  so 
  obstructed  that  a  man  may  not  be  able  to  speak. 
  Till  at  the  last  spake  in  this  manner.  --Chaucer. 
  Speak,  Lord;  for  thy  servant  heareth.  --1  Sam.  iii. 
  2.  To  express  opinions;  to  say  to  talk;  to  converse. 
  That  fluid  substance  in  a  few  minutes  begins  to  set 
  as  the  tradesmen  speak.  --Boyle. 
  An  honest  man,  is  able  to  speak  for  himself,  when  a 
  knave  is  not  --Shak. 
  During  the  century  and  a  half  which  followed  the 
  Conquest,  there  is  to  speak  strictly,  no  English 
  history.  --Macaulay. 
  3.  To  utter  a  speech,  discourse,  or  harangue;  to  adress  a 
  public  assembly  formally. 
  Many  of  the  nobility  made  themselves  popular  by 
  speaking  in  Parliament  against  those  things  which 
  were  most  grateful  to  his  majesty.  --Clarendon. 
  4.  To  discourse;  to  make  mention;  to  tell 
  Lycan  speaks  of  a  part  of  C[ae]sar's  army  that  came 
  to  him  from  the  Leman  Lake.  --Addison. 
  5.  To  give  sound;  to  sound. 
  Make  all  our  trumpets  speak.  --Shak. 
  6.  To  convey  sentiments,  ideas,  or  intelligence  as  if  by 
  utterance;  as  features  that  speak  of  self-will. 
  Thine  eye  begins  to  speak.  --Shak. 
  {To  speak  of},  to  take  account  of  to  make  mention  of 
  --Robynson  (More's  Utopia). 
  {To  speak  out},  to  speak  loudly  and  distinctly;  also  to 
  speak  unreservedly. 
  {To  speak  well  for},  to  commend;  to  be  favorable  to 
  {To  speak  with},  to  converse  with  ``Would  you  speak  with 
  me?''  --Shak. 
  Syn:  To  say  tell  talk;  converse;  discourse;  articulate; 
  pronounce;  utter. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Speaking  \Speak"ing\,  a. 
  1.  Uttering  speech;  used  for  conveying  speech;  as  man  is  a 
  speaking  animal;  a  speaking  tube. 
  2.  Seeming  to  be  capable  of  speech;  hence  lifelike;  as  a 
  speaking  likeness. 
  {A  speaking  acquaintance},  a  slight  acquaintance  with  a 
  person,  or  one  which  merely  permits  the  exchange  of 
  salutations  and  remarks  on  indifferent  subjects. 
  {Speaking  trumpet},  an  instrument  somewhat  resembling  a 
  trumpet,  by  which  the  sound  of  the  human  voice  may  be  so 
  intensified  as  to  be  conveyed  to  a  great  distance. 
  {Speaking  tube},  a  tube  for  conveying  speech,  especially  from 
  one  room  to  another  at  a  distance. 
  {To  be  on  speaking  terms},  to  be  slightly  acquainted. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  capable  of  or  involving  speech  or  speaking;  "human 
  beings--the  speaking  animals";  "a  speaking  part  in  the 
  play"  [syn:  {speaking(a)}]  [ant:  {nonspeaking}] 
  2:  capable  of  speech;  "the  speaking  animal"  [syn:  {speaking(a)}, 
  n  1:  the  utterance  of  intelligible  speech  [syn:  {speech 
  2:  delivering  an  address  to  a  public  audience;  "the  people  came 
  to  see  the  candidates  and  hear  the  speaking"  [syn:  {public 
  speaking},  {oral  presentation}] 

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