- the nonlinguistic cultural correlate, reference, or denotation of a linguistic form; expression.
- linguistic content (opposed to expression).
Examples from the Web for under-meaning
The under-meaning, the terrible regret for irrevocable ill, naturally escaped him.Six Women|Victoria Cross
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|John Ruskin
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
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)
British Dictionary definitions for under-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)
Word Origin and History for under-meaning
"sense, import, intent," c.1300, from mean (v.).