Spoke
Speak Speak, v. i. [imp. {Spoke}({Spake}Archaic); p. p. {Spoken}({Spoke}, Obs. or Colloq.); p. pr. & vb. n. {Speaking}.] [OE. speken, AS. specan, sprecan; akin to OF.ries. spreka, D. spreken, OS. spreken, G. sprechen, OHG. sprehhan, and perhaps to Skr. sph[=u]rj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. {Spark} of fire, {Speech}.] 1. To utter words or articulate sounds, as human beings; to express thoughts by words; as, the organs may be so obstructed that a man may not be able to speak. [1913 Webster]

Till at the last spake in this manner. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. --1 Sam. iii. 9. [1913 Webster]

2. To express opinions; to say; to talk; to converse. [1913 Webster]

That fluid substance in a few minutes begins to set, as the tradesmen speak. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

An honest man, is able to speak for himself, when a knave is not. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

During the century and a half which followed the Conquest, there is, to speak strictly, no English history. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

3. To utter a speech, discourse, or harangue; to adress a public assembly formally. [1913 Webster]

Many of the nobility made themselves popular by speaking in Parliament against those things which were most grateful to his majesty. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

4. To discourse; to make mention; to tell. [1913 Webster]

Lycan speaks of a part of C[ae]sar's army that came to him from the Leman Lake. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

5. To give sound; to sound. [1913 Webster]

Make all our trumpets speak. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. To convey sentiments, ideas, or intelligence as if by utterance; as, features that speak of self-will. [1913 Webster]

Thine eye begins to speak. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To speak of}, to take account of, to make mention of. --Robynson (More's Utopia).

{To speak out}, to speak loudly and distinctly; also, to speak unreservedly.

{To speak well for}, to commend; to be favorable to.

{To speak with}, to converse with. ``Would you speak with me?'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To say; tell; talk; converse; discourse; articulate; pronounce; utter. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spoke — Spoke, n. [OE. spoke, spake, AS. sp[=a]ca; akin to D. speek, LG. speke, OHG. speihha, G. speiche. [root]170. Cf. {Spike} a nail.] 1. The radius or ray of a wheel; one of the small bars which are inserted in the hub, or nave, and which serve to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spoke — (of a wheel), O.E. spaca spoke, related to spicing large nail, from P.Gmc. *spaikon (Cf. O.S. speca, O.Fris. spake, Du. spaak, O.H.G. speicha, Ger. speiche spoke ), probably from PIE *spei sharp point (see SPIKE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • spoke — [1] ► NOUN 1) each of the bars or wire rods connecting the centre of a wheel to its rim. 2) each of a set of radial handles projecting from a ship s wheel. 3) each of the metal rods in an umbrella to which the material is attached. ● put a spoke… …   English terms dictionary

  • Spoke — (sp[=o]k), imp. of {Speak}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spoke — Spoke, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spoked} (sp[=o]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Spoking}.] To furnish with spokes, as a wheel. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spöke — Spöke, s. Seekatze …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Spöke — Spöke, s. Seekatzen [Abb. 1701] …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • spoke — spoke1 [spōk] n. [ME < OE spaca, akin to Ger speiche: see SPIKE1] 1. any of the braces or bars extending between the hub and the rim of a wheel 2. a ladder rung 3. any of the grips or handholds fixed along the rim of a ship s steering wheel vt …   English World dictionary

  • Spoke — A spoke is one of some number of rods radiating from the center of a wheel (the hub where the axle connects), connecting the hub with the round traction surface. The term originally referred to portions of a log which had been split lengthwise… …   Wikipedia

  • spoke — spoke1 [spəuk US spouk] the past tense of ↑speak spoke 2 spoke2 n ↑tire, ↑lock, ↑spoke, ↑reflector, ↑tyre, ↑pedal, ↑handlebars [: Old English; Origin: spaca] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spoke — be·spoke; spoke; spoke·less; …   English syllables

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