noun (used with a singular verb)
- the study of meaning.
- the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.
- semantic field,
- semantic memory,
- semantic tableau,
- semantic web,
Origin of semantics
Examples from the Web for semantics
Her disassociation with the feminist label and its negative connotations just boils down to semantics.Susan Sarandon Says She’s Not a Feminist: Why She Dumped the Label|Lizzie Crocker|July 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the wiser voices in the movement know that, now, they face much graver problems than semantics.
Nathaniel Rich on why we should be worried—and how semantics have put us in danger.
In that sense, his defense may be correct but only as semantics.
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour engaged in a battle of semantics with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union.
(e) Semantics, which teaches us the meanings of words and forms.The Principles of Language-Study|Harold E. Palmer
Our teleprobes may leave something to be desired in the matter of semantics.The Women-Stealers of Thrayx|Fox B. Holden
Yes, sir; on this document 5066, it indicates—and this too is a matter of semantics, I am thinking.Warren Commission (12 of 26): Hearings Vol. XII (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
In a way, this threefold sequence shows how syntax is enveloped in semantics, and both in the pragmatics that determines them.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
There is too the study of semantics—the science of meanings as distinguished from phonetics, the science of sound.Why we should read|S. P. B. Mais
noun (functioning as singular)
- 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
"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."
The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.