Pronunciation: (spē'king), [key]
1. the act, utterance, or discourse of a person who speaks.
2. speakings,literary works composed for recitation, as ancient bardic poetry; oral literature.
1. that speaks.
2. used in, suited to, or involving speaking or talking: the speaking voice.
3. of or pertaining to declamation.
4. giving information as if by speech: a speaking proof of a thing.
5. highly expressive: speaking eyes.
6. lifelike: a speaking likeness.
7. not on speaking terms, not or no longer in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication, as because of resentment or estrangement: They had a squabble during the holidays, and now they're not on speaking terms.
8. on speaking terms,
a. in a relationship close enough for or limited to friendly superficialities: I don't know the hosts well, but we are certainly on speaking terms.
b. in a relationship of open, willing, or ready communication: Now that the debt has been settled, I hope you and your partner are on speaking terms again.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.