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MEAN. This word is sometimes used for mesne. (q.v.)

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To say that a word has a meaning is not to say that those who use the word correctly have ever thought out what the meaning is: the use of the word comes first, and the meaning is to be distilled out of it by observation and analysis.
The relation of a word to its meaning is of the nature of a causal law governing our use of the word and our actions when we hear it used.
But it is, nevertheless, the possibility of a memory-image in the child and an imagination-image in the hearer that makes the essence of the narrative "meaning" of the words.
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.
In order to define the "meaning" of an image, we have to take account both of its resemblance to one or more prototypes, and of its causal efficacy.
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).
are words which have plenty of meaning, but the SOUNDS
But mainly, think of the exasperation of never knowing which of these meanings the speaker is trying to convey.
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.