- the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
- linguistic content (opposed to expression).
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SYNONYMS FOR meaning
OTHER WORDS FROM meaningmean·ing·ly, adverbmean·ing·ness, nounsub·mean·ing, nounun·der·mean·ing, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for meanings
True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto also wants to layer his show with meaning—or meanings.‘True Detective’s’ Godless Universe: Is the HBO Show Anti-Christian?|Andrew Romano|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is one of the meanings of the famous Zen koan, “If you see the Buddha on the road, kill him.”
And like many pivotal historical events, it has, over time, acquired a number of meanings.
But I'm not sure they have any investment in which meanings they produce.
Nor do I think there are any “hidden” or “secret” meanings in The Shining.‘Room 237’ Subject Bill Blakemore Writes About His ‘The Shining’ Theories|William Blakemore|March 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One of the meanings of the word "common" is "belonging to all."The Canadian Girl at Work|Marjory MacMurchy
Indeed he never cared for the thing, and was greatly amused by the meanings that so many read into it.The Life of Bret Harte|Henry Childs Merwin
Its uses in national philosophy and history, in biography and in poetry, throw about it a nimbus of meanings.Instigations|Ezra Pound
One of the meanings of “Salient” is “to force itself on the attention.”Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
But this word power seems to have had a great range of meanings in his mind.Egotism in German Philosophy|George Santayana
British Dictionary definitions for meanings
- the sense of an expression; its connotation
- the reference of an expression; its denotation. In recent philosophical writings meaning can be used in both the above sensesSee also sense (def. 12)