What is lecture?

  • (noun): A speech that is open to the public.
    Example: "He attended a lecture on telecommunications"
    Synonyms: public lecture, talk
    See also — Additional definitions below


A lecture is an oral presentation intended to present information or teach people about a particular subject, for example by a university or college teacher. Lectures are used to convey critical information, history, background, theories and equations. A politician's speech, a minister's sermon, or even a businessman's sales presentation may be similar in form to a lecture. Usually the lecturer will stand at the front of the room and recite information relevant to the lecture's content.

Read more about Lecture.

Some articles on lecture:

Lecture - Other Forms
... While lecture is generally accepted as an effective form of instruction, there have been some prominent educators who have succeeded without the help of lectures ... Many university courses relying on lectures supplement them with smaller discussion sections, tutorials, or laboratory experiment sessions as a means of further actively involving students ... The term "parlor lecture" gained currency throughout the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America during the mid-19th century ...
Claudio Edinger - Teaching and Lecturing
... of Design/The New School
Medawar Lecture
... The Medawar Lecture was an annual lecture on the philosophy of science organised by the Royal Society of London in memory of Sir Peter Medawar ... last delivered in 2004 after which it was merged with the Wilkins Lecture and the Bernal Lecture to form the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Lecture ...
Lecture Hall
... A lecture hall (or lecture theatre) is a large room used for instruction, typically at a college or university ... from one to four dozen, the capacity of lecture halls is typically measured in the hundreds ... Lecture halls almost always have a pitched floor, so that those in the rear are sat higher than those at the front, allowing them to see the lecturer ...

More definitions of "lecture":

  • (noun): Teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class).
    Synonyms: lecturing
  • (verb): Deliver a lecture or talk.
    Example: "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
    Synonyms: talk
  • (noun): A lengthy rebuke.
    Example: "A good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"
    Synonyms: speech, talking to

Famous quotes containing the word lecture:

    Some of the greatest and most lasting effects of genuine oratory have gone forth from secluded lecture desks into the hearts of quiet groups of students.
    Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)

    I could lecture on dry oak leaves; I could, but who would hear me? If I were to try it on any large audience, I fear it would be no gain to them, and a positive loss to me. I should have behaved rudely toward my rustling friends.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful.
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)