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  1. phatic speech conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information
  2. feature of speech (linguistics) a distinctive characteristic of a linguistic unit that serves to distinguish it from other units of the same kind
  3. part of speech a class of words distinguished by its function in a sentence
  4. respect regard highly; think much of
  5. defect of speech a disorder of oral speech
  6. nominating speech an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election
  7. viaticus purchasing insurance policies for cash from terminally ill policy holders
  8. stump speech political oratory
  9. so to speak in a manner of speaking
  10. native beech tall Australian timber tree yielding tough hard wood used for staves etc
  11. freedom of speech right guaranteed by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution
  12. catechistic of or relating to or resembling a rigorous catechism
  13. visible speech spectrogram of speech; speech displayed spectrographically
  14. speech communication by word of mouth
  15. figure of speech language used in a nonliteral sense
  16. flyspeck a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly
  17. videocassette a cassette for videotape
  18. native speaker a speaker of a particular language who has spoken that language since earliest childhood
  19. organ of speech any of the organs involved in speech production
  20. white beech North American forest tree with light green leaves and edible nuts