(1)   The mental faculty or power of vocal communication
"Language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"
(2)   The cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
"He didn't have the language to express his feelings"
(3)   A systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols
"He taught foreign languages"
"The language introduced is standard throughout the text"
"The speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
(4)   A system of words used to name things in a particular discipline
"Legal terminology"
"Biological nomenclature"
"The language of sociology"
(5)   The text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
"His compositions always started with the lyrics"
"He wrote both words and music"
"The song uses colloquial language"
(6)   (language) communication by word of mouth
"His speech was garbled"
"He uttered harsh language"
"He recorded the spoken language of the streets"


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  1. A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
    the English language
    sign language