semantics [ si- man-tiks ] SHOW IPA / sɪˈmæn tɪks / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun ( used with a singular verb) . Linguistics the study of meaning. the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form. Also called significs. the branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they denote. the meaning, or an interpretation of the meaning, of a word, sign, sentence, etc.: Let's not argue about semantics. Nearby words semantic field
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-ics Related forms se·man·ti·cist , [si- man-t uh-sist] /sɪˈmæn tə sɪst/ se·man·ti·cian , [see-man- tish- uh n] /ˌsi mænˈtɪʃ ən/ noun
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semanticist would do, but it's all honest Illiterate thinking, in Illiterate language. Null-ABC |Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire British Dictionary definitions for semanticist noun (functioning as singular) the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent logic the study of interpretations of a formal theory the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms Derived Forms semanticist, noun
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Word Origin and History for semanticist n.
"science of meaning in language," 1893, from French
sémantique (1883); see semantic (also see -ics). Replaced semasiology (1847), from German Semasiologie (1829), from Greek semasia "signification, meaning."
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Medicine definitions for semanticist n. The study or science of meaning in language forms. The study of the relationships between various signs and symbols and what they represent.
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Culture definitions for semanticist
The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.
Note Semantics is commonly used to refer to a trivial point or distinction that revolves around mere words rather than significant issues: “To argue whether the medication killed the patient or contributed to her death is to argue over semantics.”
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