speak|ing

speak|ing
speak|ing «SPEE kihng», noun, adjective.
–n.
1. a) the act of a person who speaks; talking: »

Within an hour from the time of my speaking (Scott).

b) speech; talk; discourse: »

So sweet his speaking sounded (William Morris).

2. the making of speeches: »

public speaking, after-dinner speaking.

–adj.
1. used in, suited to, or involving speech: »

a person's speaking voice, to be within speaking distance, a speaking part in a play.

2. that spes; giving information as if by speech: »

a speaking example of a thing.

3. permitting conversation: »

I have only a speaking acquaintance with our new neighbors.

4. Figurative. highly expressive: »

speaking eyes.

SYNONYM(S): eloquent.
5. Figurative. lifelike: »

a speaking likeness.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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