noun (used with a singular verb)
- the study of meaning.
- the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.
Origin of semantics
Related Words for semanticsconnotation, interpretation, definition, explanation, explication, exposition, semiotics, symbolism, denotation, semiology, exegetics, glossology, significs
Examples from the Web for semantics
Contemporary Examples of 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
July 8, 2013
But the wiser voices in the movement know that, now, they face much graver problems than semantics.Death on the Nile
Christopher Dickey, Mike Giglio
July 8, 2013
Nathaniel Rich on why we should be worried—and how semantics have put us in danger.Be Afraid, Very Afraid
March 15, 2011
In that sense, his defense may be correct but only as semantics.Bernanke's Arrogance Problem
December 6, 2010
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour engaged in a battle of semantics with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union.April 11: 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk
The Daily Beast Video
April 11, 2010
Historical Examples of semantics
He could express it in the semantics of spiritism, or he could admit to witchcraft and sorcery.
(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
He'd had a course of semantics in college and could see no relationship.The Sky Is Falling
Lester del Rey
Take your pick; those were the only two systems of semantics which had been built up through the ages.
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
The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.