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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
References in classic literature ?
In so far as this is absent, the words are mere counters, capable of meaning, but not at the moment possessing it.
Thus the problem of the meaning of words is brought into connection with the problem of the meaning of images.
Images as well as words may be said to have "meaning"; indeed, the meaning of images seems more primitive than the meaning of words.
There is, however, another way of approaching the meaning of images, namely through their causal efficacy.
To arrive at the meaning of the image in such a case, we observe that there are certain respects, notably associations, in which the effects of images resemble those of their prototypes.
We may give somewhat more precision to the above account of the meaning of images, and extend it to meaning in general.
The meaning of a word, unlike that of an image, is wholly constituted by mnemic causal laws, and not in any degree by likeness (except in exceptional cases).
The word is always concrete and sensible, however abstract its meaning may be, and thus by the help of words we are able to dwell on abstractions in a way which would otherwise be impossible.
That shows that the SOUND of the words is correct--it interprets the meanings with truth and with exactness; and so the ear is informed, and through the ear, the heart.
Overcrowded argues that the key is embedding deep meaning in your product or service.
Meaning the palpable air and weather in the village I had to leave
To understand the meaning of life in an existential, non-metaphysical way is the common ground in The Human Quest for Meaning.