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Noun: "a unit of language with meaning"[edit]

  • 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.
  • 1966, Alexander R. Prista, Essential Portuguese grammar, Courier Dover Publications, →ISBN, page 6:
    It will help you to expand your Portuguese vocabulary if you remember that many Portuguese words are similar in meaning and appearance to English words.

Noun: "discrete, meaningful unit of language which is approved by some authority"[edit]

  • 1991, Some Questions about Language: A Theory of Human Discourse →ISBN:
    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)"[edit]

  • 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.

Noun: "Christ"[edit]

Interjection: "abbreviation of word up"[edit]

  • 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! [] "