Speak"ing, a.

1.

Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube.

2.

Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness.

A speaking acquaintance, a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects. --
Speaking trumpet, an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance. --
Speaking tube, a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance. --
To be on speaking terms, to be slightly acquainted.

 

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Speak"ing, n.

1.

The act of uttering words.

2.

Public declamation; oratory.

 

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