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meaning

noun acceptation, connotation, content, definition, denotation, drift, explanation, idea, import, purport, semantics, semasiology, sense, significance, significatio, signification, substance, tenor, text, vis
Associated concepts: plain meaning, secondary meaning
Foreign phrases: Primo excutienda est verbi vis, ne sermoois vitio obstruatur oratio, sive lex sine argumentis.The force of a word should be ascertained in the beginning, lest the sentence be destroyed by the fault of expression, or the law be without reason. Sensus verborum est anima legis. The meaning of words is the spirit of the law. In testamennis ratio tacita non debet considerari, sed verba solum spectari debent; adeo per divinationem mentis a verbis recedere durum est. In wills an unexpressed intention ought not to be considered, but the words alone ought to be regarded; for it is difficult to recede from the words by guessing at their intention.
See also: connotation, consequence, construction, contents, context, definition, design, essence, explanation, gist, import, intent, main point, paraphrase, purview, significance, signification, spirit, substance, sum, tenor
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I went there often, afterward, meaning to see the rest
First, they can decipher all initial letters into political meanings.
When the next evening, about eight o'clock, I had rested a little and was preparing to spend the night in a chair beside my mother(fixedly meaning not to go to sleep this time), Pokrovski suddenly knocked at the door.
The meaning of the word is so simple that they are afraid of using it.
In the dawn of the language, the word 'worm' had a somewhat different meaning from that in use to-day.
As he strode along through the snow the sense of such meanings glowed in his brain and mingled with the bodily flush produced by his sharp tramp.
And I considered whether, if it should signify any one of these meanings, which was so very likely, could I quite answer for myself?
We're supposed to be civilized and cultured--to know all about poetry and philosophy and art and science, and so on; but how many of us know even the meanings of these names?
Mary Garth seemed all the plainer standing at an angle between the two nymphs--the one in the glass, and the one out of it, who looked at each other with eyes of heavenly blue, deep enough to hold the most exquisite meanings an ingenious beholder could put into them, and deep enough to hide the meanings of the owner if these should happen to be less exquisite.
But I am very glad of that, because it has been a great pleasure to me, and even some profit, and it has lighted up many meanings in literature, which must always have remained dark to me.
I recalled other queer things of Paterson, and they came back to me charged with new meanings.
It means, my dear friend," explained the Woggle-Bug, "that our language contains many words having a double meaning; and that to pronounce a joke that allows both meanings of a certain word, proves the joker a person of culture and refinement, who has, moreover, a thorough command of the language.