- what is intended to be, or actually is, expressed or indicated; signification; import: the three meanings of a word.
- the end, purpose, or significance of something: What is the meaning of life? What is the meaning of this intrusion?
- the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
- linguistic content (opposed to expression).
- intentioned (usually used in combination): She's a well-meaning person.
- full of significance; expressive: a meaning look.
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Examples from the Web for under-meaning
Historical Examples of under-meaning
The two words were simple, but she thought they had an under-meaning, as though he were mocking either himself or her, or both.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
I answered, but half noting the under-meaning of her words, my mind running on deck state-rooms and the like.On the Church Steps
Sarah C. Hallowell
There is not a sentence nor a rhyme, sung or uttered by Ariel or Caliban, throughout the play, which has not this under-meaning.Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne
The under-meaning, the terrible regret for irrevocable ill, naturally escaped him.Six Women
- the sense or significance of a word, sentence, symbol, etc; import; semantic or lexical content
- the purpose underlying or intended by speech, action, etc
- the inner, symbolic, or true interpretation, value, or messagethe meaning of a dream
- valid content; efficacya law with little or no meaning
- 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)
- expressive of some sense, intention, criticism, etca meaning look
"sense, import, intent," c.1300, from mean (v.).