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  1. (countable) A body of words, and set of methods of combining them (called a grammar), understood by a community and used as a form of communication.
  2. (uncountable) The ability to communicate using words.
  3. (uncountable) The vocabulary and usage of a particular specialist field.
  4. (countable, uncountable) The expression of thought (the communication of meaning) in a specified way.
  5. (countable, uncountable) A body of sounds, signs and/or signals by which animals communicate, and by which plants are sometimes also thought to communicate.
  6. (computing) A computer language; a machine language.
  7. (uncountable) Manner of expression.
  8. (uncountable) The particular words used in a speech or a passage of text.
  9. (uncountable) Profanity.
  1. (rare, now nonstandard, or technical) To communicate by language; to express in language.
  1. A languet, a flat plate in or below the flue pipe of an organ.
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