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Definition of SAY

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Say \Say\, v. t.
     To try; to assay. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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Say \Say\, n. [OE. saie, F. saie, fr. L. saga, equiv. to sagum, sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. sa`gos. See {Sagum}.]
     1. A kind of silk or satin. [Obs.]
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              Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              His garment neither was of silk nor say. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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Say \Say\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Said} (s[e^]d), contracted from sayed; p. pr. & vb. n. {Saying}.] [OE. seggen, seyen, siggen, sayen, sayn, AS. secgan; akin to OS. seggian, D. zeggen, LG. seggen, OHG. sag[=e]n, G. sagen, Icel. segja, Sw. s[aum]ga, Dan. sige, Lith. sakyti; cf. OL. insece tell, relate, Gr.
     'e`nnepe (for 'en-sepe), 'e`spete. Cf. {Saga}, {Saw} a saying.]
     1. To utter or express in words; to tell; to speak; to declare; as, he said many wise things. [1913 Webster]

              Arise, and say how thou camest here.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To repeat; to rehearse; to recite; to pronounce; as, to say a lesson. [1913 Webster]

              Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what thou hadst to say?            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              After which shall be said or sung the following hymn.                                 --Bk. of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster]

     3. To announce as a decision or opinion; to state positively; to assert; hence, to form an opinion upon; to be sure about; to be determined in mind as to. [1913 Webster]

              But what it is, hard is to say.       --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     4. To mention or suggest as an estimate, hypothesis, or approximation; hence, to suppose; -- in the imperative, followed sometimes by the subjunctive; as, he had, say fifty thousand dollars; the fox had run, say ten miles. [1913 Webster]

              Say, for nonpayment that the debt should double, Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {It is said}, or {They say}, it is commonly reported; it is rumored; people assert or maintain.

     {That is to say}, that is; in other words; otherwise. [1913 Webster]

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Say \Say\ (s[=a]), obs. imp. of {See}.
     Saw. --Chaucer.
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Say \Say\ (s[=a]), n. [Aphetic form of assay.]
     1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

              If those principal works of God . . . be but certain tastes and says, as it were, of that final benefit.
                                                    --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

              Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. Tried quality; temper; proof. [Obs.]
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              He found a sword of better say.       --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

     3. Essay; trial; attempt. [Obs.]
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     {To give a say at}, to attempt. --B. Jonson.
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Say \Say\, v. i.
     To speak; to express an opinion; to make answer; to reply. [1913 Webster]

           You have said; but whether wisely or no, let the forest judge.                                   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

           To this argument we shall soon have said; for what concerns it us to hear a husband divulge his household privacies?                               --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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Say \Say\, n. [From {Say}, v. t.; cf. {Saw} a saying.] A speech; something said; an expression of opinion; a current story; a maxim or proverb. [Archaic or Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

           He no sooner said out his say, but up rises a cunning snap.                                    --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

           That strange palmer's boding say,
           That fell so ominous and drear
           Full on the object of his fear.          --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

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      1. To type to a terminal. ?To list a directory verbosely, you have to say ls -l.? Tends to imply a {newline}-terminated command (a ?sentence?).

      2. A computer may also be said to ?say? things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesizer, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. Hackers find it odd that this usage confuses {mundane}s.

The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

436 Moby Thesaurus words for "say":
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