[n] the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
[n] something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
[n] a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
[n] words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his lines"
[n] your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
[n] communication by word of mouth; "his speech was slurred"; "the telephone greatly increased the range of speech communication"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
[n] the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
[n] the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"