Definition of Tongue

1. Noun. A mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity.

Exact synonyms: Clapper, Glossa, Lingua
Generic synonyms: Organ, Articulator
Group relationships: Mouth, Oral Cavity, Oral Fissure, Rima Oris, Pharynx, Throat
Terms within: Gustatory Organ, Taste Bud, Tastebud
Derivative terms: Lingual, Lingual

2. Verb. Articulate by tonguing, as when playing wind instruments.
Category relationships: Music, Music
Generic synonyms: Play, Spiel
Specialized synonyms: Double Tongue, Triple-tongue

3. Noun. A human written or spoken language used by a community; opposed to e.g. a computer language.

4. Verb. Lick or explore with the tongue.
Generic synonyms: Lap, Lick

5. Noun. Any long thin projection that is transient. "Rifles exploded quick knives of fire into the dark"
Exact synonyms: Knife
Generic synonyms: Projection

6. Noun. A manner of speaking. "She has a glib tongue"
Generic synonyms: Delivery, Manner Of Speaking, Speech
Specialized synonyms: Sharp Tongue

7. Noun. A narrow strip of land that juts out into the sea.
Exact synonyms: Spit
Generic synonyms: Cape, Ness
Terms within: Sand

8. Noun. The tongue of certain animals used as meat.
Generic synonyms: Organs, Variety Meat
Specialized synonyms: Beef Tongue, Calf's Tongue

9. Noun. The flap of material under the laces of a shoe or boot.
Group relationships: Boot, Shoe
Generic synonyms: Flap

10. Noun. Metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side.
Exact synonyms: Clapper
Group relationships: Bell
Generic synonyms: Striker
Derivative terms: Clap

Definition of Tongue

1. n. an organ situated in the floor of the mouth of most vertebrates and connected with the hyoid arch.

2. v. t. To speak; to utter.

3. v. i. To talk; to prate.

Definition of Tongue

1. Noun. The flexible muscular organ in the mouth that is used to move food around, for tasting and that is moved into various positions to modify the flow of air from the lungs in order to produce different sounds in speech. ¹

2. Noun. A language. ¹

3. Noun. (context: religion often in the plural) Glossolalia. ¹

4. Noun. In a shoe, the flap of material that goes between the laces and the foot, so called because it resembles a tongue in the mouth. ¹

5. Noun. Any large or long physical protrusion on an automotive, a machine part or any other part that fits into a long groove on another part. ¹

6. Noun. (figuratively) An individual point of flame from a fire. ¹

7. Verb. (music) On a wind instrument, to articulate a note by starting the air with a tap of the tongue, as though by speaking a 'd' or 't' sound (alveolar plosive). ¹

8. Verb. (obsolete) To talk; to prate. ¹

9. Verb. (slang) to kiss involving the touching of both tongues, and/or licking. ¹

10. Verb. To manipulate with the tongue. ¹

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Definition of Tongue

1. to touch with the tongue (an organ of the mouth) [v TONGUED, TONGUING, TONGUES]

Medical Definition of Tongue

1. 1. An organ situated in the floor of the mouth of most vertebrates and connected with the hyoid arch. The tongue is usually muscular, mobile, and free at one extremity, and in man other mammals is the principal organ of taste, aids in the prehension of food, in swallowing, and in modifying the voice as in speech. "To make his English sweet upon his tongue." (Chaucer) 2. The power of articulate utterance; speech. "Parrots imitating human tongue." (Dryden) 3. Discourse; fluency of speech or expression. "Much tongue and much judgment seldom go together." (L. Estrange) 4. Honorable discourse; eulogy. "She was born noble; let that title find her a private grave, but neither tongue nor honor." (Beau. & Fl) 5. A language; the whole sum of words used by a particular nation; as, the English tongue. "Whose tongue thou shalt not understand." (Deut. Xxviii. 49) "To speak all tongues." (Milton) 6. Speech; words or declarations only; opposed to thoughts or actions. "My little children, let us love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth." (1 John III. 18) 7. A people having a distinct language. "A will gather all nations and tongues." (Isa. Lxvi. 18) 8. The lingual ribbon, or odontophore, of a mollusk. The proboscis of a moth or a butterfly. The lingua of an insect. 9. Any small sole. 10. That which is considered as resembing an animal's tongue, in position or form. Specifically: A projection, or slender appendage or fixture; as, the tongue of a buckle, or of a balance. A projection on the side, as of a board, which fits into a groove. A point, or long, narrow strip of land, projecting from the mainland into a sea or a lake. The pole of a vehicle; especially, the pole of an ox cart, to the end of which the oxen are yoked. The clapper of a bell. A sort piece of rope spliced into the upper part of standing backstays, etc.; also. The upper main piece of a mast composed of several pieces. Same as Reed. To hold the tongue, to be silent. Tongue bone, the hyoid bone. Tongue grafting. See Grafting. Synonym: Language, speech, expression. See Language. Origin: OE. Tunge, tonge, AS. Tunge; akin to OFries. Tunge, D. Tong, OS. Tunga, G. Zunge, OHG. Zunga, Icel. & Sw. Tunga, Dan tunge, Goth. Tug, OL. Dingua, L. Lingua. 243 Cf.Language, Lingo. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tongue

tongue (current term)

Literary usage of Tongue

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"If a current of cool air be directed on the tongue a saline taste is perceived; and a smart tap on the tongue will produce a taste analogous to that excited ..."

2. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(d) The Movements of the tongue We study the following movements of the tongue, as worked out by Flesch: (1) protrusion of tongue (bilateral action of Mm. ..."

3. Proceedings by Philadelphia County Medical Society (1888)
"Six months ago he first experienced sharp and shooting pain extending from the root of the tongue on the left side down the neck and over the face. ..."

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