1. The spoken sign of a conception or an idea; an articulate or vocal sound, or a combination of articulate and vocal sounds, uttered by the human voice, and by custom expressing an idea or ideas; a single component part of human speech or language; a constituent part of a sentence; a term; a vocable.
  2. Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a page.
  3. Talk; discourse; speech; language.
  4. Account; tidings; message; communication; information; -- used only in the singular.
  5. Signal; order; command; direction.
  6. Language considered as implying the faith or authority of the person who utters it; statement; affirmation; declaration; promise.
  7. Verbal contention; dispute.
  8. A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase, clause, or short sentence.

v. i.

  1. To use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute.

v. t.

  1. To express in words; to phrase.
  2. To ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a word or words.
  3. To flatter with words; to cajole.