A human may "say" things to a computer by typing them on a terminal. "To list a directory verbosely, say "ls -l"." Tends to imply a newline-terminated command (a "sentence").

A computer may "say" things to you, even if it doesn't have a speech synthesiser, by displaying them on a terminal in response to your commands. This usage often confuses mundanes.

(01 Jul 2002)

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1. Trial by sample; assay; sample; specimen; smack. "if those principal works of God . . . Be but certain tastes and saus, as if were, of that final benefit." (Hooker) "Thy tongue some say of breeding breathes." (Shak)

2. Tried quality; temper; proof. "he found a sword of better say." (Spenser)

3. Essay; trial; attempt. To give a say at, to attempt.

Origin: Aphetic form of assay.

1. A kind of silk or satin. "Thou say, thou serge, nay, thou buckram lord!" (Shak)

2. A delicate kind of serge, or woolen cloth. "His garment neither was of silk nor say." (Spenser)

Origin: OE. Saie, F. Saie, fr. L. Saga, equiv. To sagum, sagus, a coarse woolen mantle; cf. Gr. See Sagum.

(01 Mar 1998)

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