What does Sentence mean?

Definitions for Sentence
ˈsɛn tnsSen·tence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Sentence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sentencenoun

    a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language

    "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"

  2. conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation, sentencenoun

    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

    "the conviction came as no surprise"

  3. prison term, sentence, timeverb

    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

    "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"

  4. sentence, condemn, doomverb

    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

    "He was condemned to ten years in prison"

Wiktionary

  1. sentencenoun

    One's opinion; manner of thinking.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  2. sentencenoun

    Someone's pronounced opinion or judgment on a given question.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  3. sentencenoun

    The decision or judgement of a jury or court; a verdict.

    The court returned a sentence of guilt in the first charge, but innocence in the second.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  4. sentencenoun

    The judicial order for a punishment to be imposed on a person convicted of a crime.

    The judge declared a sentence of death by hanging for the infamous cattle rustler.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  5. sentencenoun

    A saying, especially form a great person; a maxim, an apophthegm.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  6. sentencenoun

    A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.

    The children were made to construct sentences consisting of nouns and verbs from the list on the chalkboard.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  7. sentencenoun

    A formula with no free variables.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  8. sentencenoun

    Any of the set of strings that can be generated by a given formal grammar.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  9. sentenceverb

    To declare a sentence on a convicted person.

    The judge sentenced the embezzler to ten years in prison, along with a hefty fine.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sentencenoun

    sense; meaning; significance

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  2. Sentencenoun

    an opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  3. Sentencenoun

    a philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  4. Sentencenoun

    in civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  5. Sentencenoun

    a short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  6. Sentencenoun

    a combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  7. Sentenceverb

    to pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  8. Sentenceverb

    to decree or announce as a sentence

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  9. Sentenceverb

    to utter sententiously

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

Freebase

  1. Sentence

    A sentence is a grammatical unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion. A sentence can also be defined in orthographic terms alone, i.e., as anything which is contained between a capital letter and a full stop. For instance, the opening of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House begins with the following three sentences: The first sentence involves one word, a proper noun. The second sentence has only a non-finite verb. The third is a single nominal group. Only an orthographic definition encompasses this variation. As with all language expressions, sentences might contain function and content words and contain properties distinct to natural language, such as characteristic intonation and timing patterns. Sentences are generally characterized in most languages by the presence of a finite verb, e.g. "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sentence

    sen′tens, n. opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: (gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought: sense: meaning: matter.—v.t. to pronounce judgment on: to condemn.—n. Sen′tencer, one who sentences.—adj. Senten′tial, pertaining to a sentence: comprising sentences.—adv. Senten′tially.—adj. Senten′tious, abounding with sentences or maxims: short and pithy in expression: bombastic, or affected in speech.—adv. Senten′tiously.—n. Senten′tiousness, brevity with strength.—Master of the Sentences, the great 12th-century schoolman, Peter Lombard (died 1160), from his work Sententiarum Libri IV., an arranged collection of sentences from Augustine, &c. [Fr.,—L. sententiasentīre, to feel.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sentence

    Decision, determination, final judgment. There is an appeal allowed from the sentence of a regimental court-martial to the opinion of a general one.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1838

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1766

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Nouns Frequency: #551

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Sentence' in Verbs Frequency: #927

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sentence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Sentence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Sentence in a Sentence

  1. Sameh Eid:

    Morsi's trial gripped international attention and a heavy sentence would have put the judiciary under a spotlight, today, the judiciary seemed keen in preserving its image.

  2. Jordan Zietz:

    She now is going to remember this for the rest of her life. The sentence you are going to impose is going to pale in comparison to the life sentence shes already serving, we would ask that you follow what the family wants -- to get her back to them so they can heal quicker.

  3. Bonnie Dumanis:

    When a governor commutes a sentence in such a flagrantly political way, it puts everybody in the system on notice that their (deals) are not safe.

  4. Restore Justice:

    There's ample research that long sentences don't deter crime. It's actually the swiftness and the surety of consequences that deters crime, not the length of the sentence, the length of the sentence just costs the state and communities and families hundreds of thousands and millions of dollars and destroys lives. It doesn't make us safer. It's a myth.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.

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