speech

Definitions

General English

Electronics

  • The enunciation of words. Speech may be natural, as in humans talking, or artificial, as in digital speech.

Medical

  • noun the ability to make intelligible sounds with the vocal cords

Politics

  • noun a talk given in public

Origin & History of “speech”

Speech originated as a derivative of the late Old English verb specan, ancestor of modern English speak. It was originally used for the ‘action of speaking’ in general, or for ‘conversation’; the modern application to an ‘address delivered to an audience’ did not emerge until the 16th century.
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