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English citations of word
Noun: "a unit of language with meaning"
- 1831, Noah Webster, Rudiments of English Grammar; Being an Abridgment of the Improved Grammar of the English Language, New-Haven, p.6:
- Division of words. Words are primitive or radical, and derivative or compound.
- Of primitive words. Primitive or radical words are such as cannot be divided, or separated into parts which are significant; as man, hope, bless.
1882, John Stuart Mill, A System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive:
- But it is no part of the signification of the word John, that the father of the person so called bore the same name; nor even of the word Dartmouth, to be situated at the mouth of the Dart.
- 1895, Max Simon Nordau, Degeneration, page 67:
- A word, whether written or spoken, excites a sense (sight or hearing), and sets up an activity in the brain.
- 1991, Some Questions about Language: A Theory of Human Discourse (ISBN 0812691784):
- If a physical notation is […] not be found in the dictionary of any language, […] it will not be a word.
Noun: "sequence of letters or characters, or sounds (which does not necessarily have meaning)"
- 1913, Frederick William Hall, A companion to classical texts, page 155:
- A meaningless word like tetera for cetera (owing to the similarity of c and t in rustic capitals) is bound to arrest the attention of the reader, however careless he be, and is soon corrected by conjecture or by comparison with other copies.
Interjection: "abbreviation of word up"
- 2004, Shannon Holmes, Never Go Home Again: A Novel, page 218
- " […] Know what I'm sayin'?" / "Word!" the other man strongly agreed. "Let's do this — "
- 2007, Gabe Rotter, Duck Duck Wally: A Novel, page 105
- " […] Not bad at all, man. Worth da wait, dawg. Word." / "You liked it?" I asked dumbly, stoned still, and feeling victorious. / "Yeah, man," said Oral B. "Word up. […] "
- 2007, Relentless Aaron The Last Kingpin, page 34
- " […] I mean, I don't blame you... Word! […] "