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Origin of annotation
OTHER WORDS FROM annotationre·an·no·ta·tion, noun
Words nearby annotation
What does annotation mean?
An annotation is a note or comment added to a text to provide explanation or criticism about a particular part of it.
Annotation can also refer to the act of annotating—adding annotations.
Annotations are often added to scholarly articles or to literary works that are being analyzed. But the term can be used in a more general way to refer to a note added to any text. For example, a note that you scribble in the margin of your textbook is an annotation, as is an explanatory comment that you add to a list of tasks at work.
Something that has had such notes added to it can be described as annotated.
The word annotation is sometimes abbreviated as annot. (which can also mean annotated or annotator).
Example: The annotations in this edition of the book really helped me to understand the historical context and the meanings of some obscure words.
Where does annotation come from?
The first records of the word annotation come from the 1400s. It derives from the Latin annotātus, meaning “noted down,” from the Latin nota, which means “mark” and is also the basis of the English word note.
Typically, annotations are used to comment on a text, such as by adding an explanation, criticism, analysis, or historical perspective. The word can be used in more specific ways in different contexts. In an annotated bibliography, an annotation is added to each citation. In computer programming, annotations are explanatory notes added to strings of code. In genomics, annotations involve interpretations of genes and their possible functions. In all cases, the word refers to some kind of extra information added to an existing thing.
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What are some other forms related to annotation?
- reannotation (noun)
- annotate (verb)
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How is annotation used in real life?
Annotation is most commonly used in the context of academic and literary works.
Just a pet peeve. In particular Ulysses fans who are like “I can’t even begin to understand this genius text”. I’m like… well, have you tried getting an edition with annotations? The Jeri Johnson one is great. You could also re-read the Odyssey and Hamlet. Or keep a journal.
— Ms. Lola, Moon Girl 🌙✨ (@mslola1904) July 27, 2020
— Folger Shakespeare Library (@FolgerLibrary) May 22, 2017
Most common & least helpful annotation I make in books: “interesting!” In the words of me, tell me more.
— Dahlia Seroussi (@DahliaSeroussi) July 13, 2020
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Example sentences from the Web for annotation
Announced in July, along with new Smart Shopping display ad formats and shipping annotations, the new customer acquisition goal allows marketers to set a separate conversion value on new customers to inform Google’s automated bidding.
They can now go from the simplified viewing and remote collaboration to this bigger file sharing and increased preview mode and annotations.‘Creative work is changing’: How Dropbox is working to ease the future for creative teams|Kayleigh Barber|October 12, 2020|Digiday
Ordinary website users do this annotation too, when they complete a reCAPTCHA.Participation-washing could be the next dangerous fad in machine learning|Amy Nordrum|August 25, 2020|MIT Technology Review
A few early versions of what became the final design, with placeholder data and annotations.
Make an annotation in your analytics noting that organic search reporting should be ignored for that whole time period.A Google Search bug wreaked havoc on the search results Monday night|Barry Schwartz|August 11, 2020|Search Engine Land
The term Abernaquis, is also a French mode of annotation for the same word, but is rather applied at this time to a specific band.The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
Modern editors of what they call the "Roman Elegies" bring abundant annotation, and often detail Goethe's own emendations.Erotica Romana|Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Footnote tags that were missing in the original are underlined without further annotation.The Fables of Phdrus|Phaedrus
In olden times the place was unknown, but can be doubtfully identified with A-nok-ta-shan in the annotation of Shui-ching.Trans-Himalaya, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Sven Hedin
Sippi, agreeably to the early French annotation of the word, signifies a river.