being a name or designation for something; meaning or referring to something: Bertrand Russell initially assumed that every denoting phrase—such as "Scott," "the number two," or "the golden mountain"—had to refer to an actually existing entity.
being a symbol that represents or stands for something: When any design in metal or pottery is registered as copyright, the denoting mark is impressed upon each article as it is made.
being an indicator or sign of something; identifying: The denoting signs of a company in financial distress usually include salary cuts, layoffs, and the resignation of top executives.
the act or fact of naming, representing, indicating, or referring to something by means of a symbol, word, phrase, label, etc.: One thing that helps to standardize the spelling of placenames is the denoting of them by government-erected road signs.
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How to use denoting in a sentence
Finals rematches denote whether a combination ever occurred before in the history of the Stanley Cup Final.The NHL’s Most Bitter Rivalry Is On Pause. But It Could Come Back With A Vengeance. | Terrence Doyle | February 18, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
So many sets of parentheses show up on the latest oil company earnings reports denoting losses that long columns of figures seem to be doing a shimmy right on the page.Oil companies’ losses in 2020 were staggering. And that was before the government focused on climate change. | Will Englund | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The lyrical mosaic of “Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side” denotes a play-builder in her prime.Adrienne Kennedy’s new play, ‘Etta and Ella on the Upper West Side,’ is utterly unique | Peter Marks | January 14, 2021 | Washington Post
To try to find that second location, he took pictures, tried to match them to his maps, and marked down the labeled sticks denoting mining claims.A CIA spyplane crashed outside Area 51 a half-century ago. This explorer found it. | Sarah Scoles | January 5, 2021 | Popular-Science
One of the things that happened early on is that the government at the federal level basically denoted which businesses they viewed as essential businesses.McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski on Changing Consumer Behavior and the Future of Those Ball Pits | Eben Shapiro | August 2, 2020 | Time
The video has since been reinstated with an adult content warning denoting explicit material.Catholics Call David Bowie “Bisexual Senior Citizen From London” | Marlow Stern | May 9, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Others were tying pieces of the orange plastic around their arms, apparently denoting their “media center” status.
He distinguished them from other bureau files by calling them “confidential,” denoting secrecy.
Sixth, the (p. 264) last, is the mark denoting the number of cigars in the box.Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce | E. R. Billings.
Superlatives and all words denoting comparison should be used with stinginess.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
By a general word is meant a word common to or denoting a large number of ideas.English: Composition and Literature | W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Language is an important means of denoting the intricate thread of history in savage nations.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Its substantives are provided with adjective inflections, denoting size and quality.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft