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 for word
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Word \Word\, n. [AS. word; akin to OFries. & OS. word, D. woord,
     G. wort, Icel. or[eth], Sw. & Dan. ord, Goth. wa['u]rd,
     OPruss. wirds, Lith. vardas a name, L. verbum a word; or
     perhaps to Gr. "rh`twr an orator. Cf. Verb.]
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     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. "A glutton of words." --Piers
        Plowman.
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              You cram these words into mine ears, against
              The stomach of my sense.              --Shak.
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              Amongst men who confound their ideas with words,
              there must be endless disputes.       --Locke.
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     2. Hence, the written or printed character, or combination of
        characters, expressing such a term; as, the words on a
        page.
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     3. pl. Talk; discourse; speech; language.
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              Why should calamity be full of words? --Shak.
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              Be thy words severe;
              Sharp as he merits, but the sword forbear. --Dryden.
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     4. Account; tidings; message; communication; information; --
        used only in the singular.
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              I pray you . . . bring me word thither
              How the world goes.                   --Shak.
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     5. Signal; order; command; direction.
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              Give the word through.                --Shak.
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     6. Language considered as implying the faith or authority of
        the person who utters it; statement; affirmation;
        declaration; promise.
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              Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly. --Shak.
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              I know you brave, and take you at your word.
                                                    --Dryden.
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              I desire not the reader should take my word.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     7. pl. Verbal contention; dispute.
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              Some words there grew 'twixt Somerset and me.
                                                    --Shak.
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     8. A brief remark or observation; an expression; a phrase,
        clause, or short sentence.
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              All the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this;
              Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. --Gal. v.
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              She said; but at the happy word "he lives,"
              My father stooped, re-fathered, o'er my wound.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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              There is only one other point on which I offer a
              word of remark.                       --Dickens.
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     By word of mouth, orally; by actual speaking. --Boyle.
  
     Compound word. See under Compound, a.
  
     Good word, commendation; favorable account. "And gave the
        harmless fellow a good word." --Pope.
  
     In a word, briefly; to sum up.
  
     In word, in declaration; in profession. "Let us not love in
        word, . . . but in deed and in truth." --1 John iii. 8.
  
     Nuns of the Word Incarnate (R. C. Ch.), an order of nuns
        founded in France in 1625, and approved in 1638. The
        order, which also exists in the United States, was
        instituted for the purpose of doing honor to the "Mystery
        of the Incarnation of the Son of God."
  
     The word, or The Word. (Theol.)
        (a) The gospel message; esp., the Scriptures, as a
            revelation of God. "Bold to speak the word without
            fear." --Phil. i. 14.
        (b) The second person in the Trinity before his
            manifestation in time by the incarnation; among those
            who reject a Trinity of persons, some one or all of
            the divine attributes personified. --John i. 1.
  
     To eat one's words, to retract what has been said.
  
     To have the words for, to speak for; to act as spokesman.
        [Obs.] "Our host hadde the wordes for us all." --Chaucer.
  
     Word blindness (Physiol.), inability to understand printed
        or written words or symbols, although the person affected
        may be able to see quite well, speak fluently, and write
        correctly. --Landois & Stirling.
  
     Word deafness (Physiol.), inability to understand spoken
        words, though the person affected may hear them and other
        sounds, and hence is not deaf.
  
     Word dumbness (Physiol.), inability to express ideas in
        verbal language, though the power of speech is unimpaired.
        
  
     Word for word, in the exact words; verbatim; literally;
        exactly; as, to repeat anything word for word.
  
     Word painting, the act of describing an object fully and
        vividly by words only, so as to present it clearly to the
        mind, as if in a picture.
  
     Word picture, an accurate and vivid description, which
        presents an object clearly to the mind, as if in a
        picture.
  
     Word square, a series of words so arranged that they can be
        read vertically and horizontally with like results.
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     Note:
           H E A R T
           E M B E R
           A B U S E
           R E S I N
           T R E N T
           (A word square)
  
     Syn: See Term.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Word \Word\, v. i.
     To use words, as in discussion; to argue; to dispute. [R.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Word \Word\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worded; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wording.]
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     1. To express in words; to phrase.
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              The apology for the king is the same, but worded
              with greater deference to that great prince.
                                                    --Addison.
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     2. To ply with words; also, to cause to be by the use of a
        word or words. [Obs.] --Howell.
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     3. To flatter with words; to cajole. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     To word it, to bandy words; to dispute. [Obs.] "To word it
        with a shrew." --L'Estrange.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  word
      n 1: a unit of language that native speakers can identify;
           "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he
           hardly said ten words all morning"
      2: a brief statement; "he didn't say a word about it"
      3: information about recent and important events; "they awaited
         news of the outcome" [syn: news, intelligence, tidings,
         word]
      4: a verbal command for action; "when I give the word, charge!"
      5: an exchange of views on some topic; "we had a good
         discussion"; "we had a word or two about it" [syn:
         discussion, give-and-take, word]
      6: a promise; "he gave his word" [syn: parole, word, word
         of honor]
      7: a word is a string of bits stored in computer memory; "large
         computers use words up to 64 bits long"
      8: the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity
         (incarnate in Jesus) [syn: Son, Word, Logos]
      9: a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group; "he
         forgot the password" [syn: password, watchword, word,
         parole, countersign]
      10: the sacred writings of the Christian religions; "he went to
          carry the Word to the heathen" [syn: Bible, Christian
          Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ,
          Scripture, Word of God, Word]
      v 1: put into words or an expression; "He formulated his
           concerns to the board of trustees" [syn: give voice,
           formulate, word, phrase, articulate]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  331 Moby Thesaurus words for "word":
     Bible oath, Parthian shot, account, acquaintance, adage, address,
     admission, advice, affidavit, affirmance, affirmation, allegation,
     altercation, ana, analects, announcement, annunciation, answer,
     aphorism, apostrophe, apothegm, articulate, assertion,
     asseveration, assurance, attest, attestation, averment, avouch,
     avouchment, avow, avowal, axiom, beef, behest, bickering, bidding,
     blue book, breathe, briefing, broadcast journalism, bulletin, buzz,
     byword, catchword, charge, chorus, collected sayings,
     come out with, command, commandment, comment, commitment,
     communicate, communication, communique, compurgation, conceive,
     conclusion, convey, couch, couch in terms, countersign, crack,
     creed, cry, current saying, data, datum, declaration, deliver,
     deposition, dictate, dictation, dictum, direct order, directive,
     directory, disclose, disclosure, dispatch, dispute, distich,
     embassy, embody in words, emit, engagement, enlightenment,
     enunciate, enunciation, epigram, evidence, exclamation, express,
     expression, extrajudicial oath, facts, factual information, faith,
     familiarization, fight, fling off, formularize, formulate, frame,
     gen, general information, give, give expression,
     give expression to, give out with, give tongue, give utterance,
     give voice, give words to, glosseme, gnome, golden saying, gossip,
     greeting, guarantee, guidebook, handout, hard information, hassle,
     hearsay, hest, icon, idiom, impart, imperative,
     incidental information, info, information, injunction, instruction,
     instrument in proof, intelligence, interjection, ipse dixit,
     ironclad oath, journalism, judicial oath, knowledge,
     legal evidence, let out, letter, lexeme, lexical form, light,
     linguistic act, lip, locution, loyalty oath, mandate, manifesto,
     maxim, mention, message, moral, morpheme, mot, motto, news,
     news agency, news medium, news service, newsiness, newsletter,
     newsmagazine, newspaper, newsworthiness, note, notice,
     notification, oath, oath of allegiance, oath of office,
     observation, offer, official oath, oracle, order, out with,
     paragraph, parol, parole, phonate, phonation, phrase, pithy saying,
     pleasure, pledge, plight, pneumatogram, position, position paper,
     positive declaration, pour forth, precept, predicate, predication,
     prescript, present, presentation, press association, proclamation,
     profession, promise, promotional material, pronounce,
     pronouncement, proof, proposition, protest, protestation, proverb,
     proverbial saying, proverbs, publication, publicity, put,
     put forth, put in words, question, radio, raise, reflection,
     release, remark, report, reportage, rhetorize, row, rumble, rumor,
     run-in, saw, say, say-so, saying, scuttlebutt, semasiological unit,
     sememe, sentence, sententious expression, sequence of phonemes,
     set forth, set out, set-to, sidelight, sign, signifiant,
     significant, sloka, solemn declaration, solemn oath, sound,
     speaking, special order, speech act, stance, stand, state,
     statement, stock saying, string, style, subjoinder, submit, sutra,
     sworn evidence, sworn statement, sworn testimony, symbol, talk,
     tattle, teaching, telegram, telegraph agency, television, tell,
     term, test oath, testimonial, testimonium, testimony, text,
     the dope, the fourth estate, the goods, the know, the press,
     the scoop, the spoken word, thought, throw off, tidings, token,
     tongue, transmission, troth, type, undertaking, utter, utterance,
     utterance string, verbalize, verse, vocable, vocalize, voice,
     vouch, vow, warrant, warranty, watchword, whisper, white book,
     white paper, will, wire service, wisdom, wisdom literature,
     wise saying, witness, witticism, word of command, word of honor,
     word of mouth, words of wisdom
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Microsoft Word
  MS Word
  Word
  
      A popular word processor, part of the
     Microsoft Office suite.  The original Word (versions 1.0 to
     text-based+(non-{GUI">4.?/5.0?) was originally text-based (non-{GUI) and ran
     under MS-DOS.  Then Microsoft released Word for Windows
     1.0 and 2.0.  Later they produced new versions for each OS,
     both numbered 6.0.
  
     http://microsoft.com/catalog/products/word/)">(http://microsoft.com/catalog/products/word/).
  
     [Features?]
  
     (1997-02-11)
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  word
  
      A fundamental unit of storage in a computer.  The
     size of a word in a particular computer architecture is one of
     its chief distinguishing characteristics.
  
     The size of a word is usually the same as the width of the
     computer's data bus so it is possible to read or write a
     word in a single operation.  An instruction is usually one or
     more words long and a word can be used to hold a whole number
     of characters.  These days, this nearly always means a whole
     number of bytes (eight bits), most often 32 or 64 bits.  In
     the past when six bit character sets were used, a word might
     be a multiple of six bits, e.g. 24 bits (four characters) in
     the ICL 1900 series.
  
     (1994-11-11)
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a 
  single part of speech. 
       2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they 
  are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a 
  general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties 
  understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force 
  of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according 
  to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear 
  intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 
  Ves. 306. 
       3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally 
  understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his 
  thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in 
  treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by 
  usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or 
  else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, 
  Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 
  7981. 
       4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received 
  the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some 
  ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to 
  say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will 
  make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it 
  might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet 
  estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood 
  in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. 
  Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation. 
  
  

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