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word (n.)

古英语 word “言语, 谈话, 语句, 句子, 声明, 新闻, 报告, 词语”, 来自于原日耳曼语 *wurda- (也是古撒克逊语, 古弗里斯兰语 word, 荷兰语 woord, 古高德语, 德语 wort, 古北欧语 orð, 哥特语 waurd), 来自于PIE *were- (3) “说, 说” (见 verb).

在古英语中, “应许” 的意思和神学意义一样. 在复数中, 意思是“口角” (如? have words with 某个人 Word-processor 1971年首次录制. word-processing 是从1972年. word-wrap 是1977年的. A word to the wise 是来自拉丁语短语 verbum sapienti satis est “一言以蔽之”. Word-for-word “用准确的词或术语” 是14世纪末的说法 Word of mouth “口语, 口头交流” (区别于书面语) 是到1550年代.

It is dangerous to leave written that which is badly written. A chance word, upon paper, may destroy the world. Watch carefully and erase, while the power is still yours, I say to myself, for all that is put down, once it escapes, may rot its way into a thousand minds, the corn become a black smut, and all libraries, of necessity, be burned to the ground as a consequence. [William Carlos Williams, “Paterson” ]

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word (v.)

13世纪, “说出”; 1610年代, “用语言表达”, 来自 word (n.). 相关链接: Worded; wording.

Origin and meaning of word

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Definitions of word from WordNet
1
word (n.)
a unit of language that native speakers can identify;
words are the blocks from which sentences are made
he hardly said ten words all morning
word (n.)
a brief statement;
he didn't say a word about it
word (n.)
information about recent and important events;
Synonyms: news / intelligence / tidings
word (n.)
a verbal command for action;
when I give the word, charge!
word (n.)
an exchange of views on some topic;
we had a word or two about it
word (n.)
a promise;
he gave his word
Synonyms: parole / word of honor
word (n.)
a string of bits stored in computer memory;
large computers use words up to 64 bits long
word (n.)
a secret word or phrase known only to a restricted group;
2
word (v.)
put into words or an expression;
Synonyms: give voice / formulate / phrase / articulate
3
Word (n.)
the divine word of God; the second person in the Trinity (incarnate in Jesus);
Synonyms: Son / Logos
Word (n.)
the sacred writings of the Christian religions;
Synonyms: Bible / Christian Bible / Book / Good Book / Holy Scripture / Holy Writ / Scripture / Word of God
From wordnet.princeton.edu