the smallest unit of spoken language which has meaning and can stand alone
anything said; remark or statement
piece of news; message; rumour
spoken command or signal
express (sth) in particular words; phrase sth
"words are the blocks from which sentences are made"
"he hardly said ten words all morning"
"he didn't say a word about it"
"they awaited news of the outcome"
"when I give the word, charge!"
"we had a good discussion"
"we had a word or two about it"
"he gave his word"
"large computers use words up to 64 bits long"
"he forgot the password"
"he went to carry the Word to the heathen"
"He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
Rome shall perishswrite that word In the blood that she has spilt.
出自： W. Cowper
We have striven..to draw some word from her; but she..answers nothing.
出自： G. P. R. James
To use his own words, he was in a cleft stick.
出自： H. Conway
Actions speak louder than words.
He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not Be noble to myself.
出自：Anthony Cleopatra , Shakespeare
He suggested that if I was not satisfied I should leave, so I took him at his words.
误 I should like to have word with him.
正 I should like to have a word with him.
误 They had a word that the football match would be televised live this evening.
正 They had word that the football match would be televised live this evening.
析 have word是“听到消息〔新闻〕”的意思,“说句话”是have a word。
误 I was tired of reciting the texts word after word.
正 I was tired of reciting the texts word for word.
析 “一字不变地,逐字(背诵或翻译)”是word for word,不是word after word。
误 Have I said any wrong words?
正 Have I said anything wrong?
误 He broke his words.
正 He broke his word.
析 break one's word意为“不遵守诺言”, word在此短语中不用复数形式。
误 I have just received the word of his arrival.
正 I have just received word of his arrival.
误 The word came that our basketball team had won the match.
正 Word came that our basketball team had won the match.
析 作“消息”“信息”解时, word前不加冠词。
误 He began to work as a teacher some thirty years ago, in another word, he has been a teacher for thirty years.
正 He began to work as a teacher some thirty years ago, in other words, he has been a teacher for thirty years.
析 in other words是固定短语,意为“换句话说”。
误 He carried me words that Mr.White would soon leave for America.
正 He carried me word that Mr. White would soon leave for America.
误 We had a word this morning.
正 We had words this morning.
误 They had word with their neighbour over some trifles.
正 They had words with their neighbours over some trifles.
析 表示“同某人发生口角”时,用have words with sb, words用复数形式。
误 His big word surprised us all.
正 His big words surprised us all.
误 We should on no account eat our word.
正 We should on no account eat our words.
析 习语big words, eat one's words中, words词尾的s不可省。