A speaking acquaintance


A speaking acquaintance
Speaking Speak"ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster]

2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster]

{A speaking acquaintance}, a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.

{Speaking trumpet}, an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.

{Speaking tube}, a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.

{To be on speaking terms}, to be slightly acquainted. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • speaking acquaintance — person with whom one is not closely acquainted …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Speaking — Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking acquaintance}, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speaking trumpet — Speaking Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Speaking tube — Speaking Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speaking — n. & adj. n. the act or an instance of uttering words etc. adj. 1 that speaks; capable of articulate speech. 2 (of a portrait) lifelike; true to its subject (a speaking likeness). 3 (in comb.) speaking or capable of speaking a specified foreign… …   Useful english dictionary

  • acquaintance — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. familiarity, experience, knowledge, ken; friend. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [The state of being acquainted] Syn. association, companionship, relationship, knowledge; see friendship 1 . 2. [A person with… …   English dictionary for students

  • To be on speaking terms — Speaking Speak ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster] 2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster] {A speaking… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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:… …   Useful english dictionary

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