What does context mean?

Definitions for context
ˈkɒn tɛkstcon·text

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. context, linguistic context, context of usenoun

    discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation

  2. context, circumstance, settingnoun

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event

    "the historical context"

Wiktionary

  1. contextnoun

    The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.

    In what context did your attack on him happen? - We had a pretty tense relationship at the time, and when he insulted me I snapped.

  2. contextnoun

    The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.

  3. contextnoun

    The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.

  4. contextnoun

    The trama or flesh of a mushroom.

  5. Etymology: From contextus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Contextadjective

    Knit together; firm.

    Etymology: from contex.

    Hollow and thin, for lightness; but withal context and firm, for strength. William Derham, Physico-Theology.

  2. Contextnoun

    The general series of a discourse; the parts of the discourse that precede and follow the sentence quoted.

    Etymology: contextus, Latin.

    That chapter is really a representation of one, which hath only the knowledge, not practice of his duty; as is manifest from the context. Henry Hammond, on Fundamentals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contextadjective

    knit or woven together; close; firm

  2. Contextnoun

    the part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning

  3. Contextverb

    to knit or bind together; to unite closely

  4. Etymology: [L. contextus; cf. F. contexte .]

Freebase

  1. ConTeXt

    ConTeXt is a general-purpose document processor. It is especially suited for structured documents, automated document production, very fine typography, and multi-lingual typesetting. It is based in part on the TeX typesetting system, and uses a document markup language for manuscript preparation. The typographical and automated capabilities of ConTeXt are extensive, including interfaces for handling microtypography, multiple footnotes and footnote classes, and manipulating OpenType fonts and features. Moreover, it offers extensive support for colors, backgrounds, hyperlinks, presentations, figure-text integration, and conditional compilation. It gives the user extensive control over formatting while making it easy to create new layouts and styles without learning the low-level TeX macro language. ConTeXt may be compared and contrasted with LaTeX, but the primary thrust of the two are rather distinct. ConTeXt from the ground up is a typography and typesetting system meant to provide users easy and consistent access to advanced typographical control—important for general-purpose typesetting tasks. The original vision of LaTeX is to insulate the user from typographical decisions—a useful approach for submitting, say, articles for a scientific journal. LaTeX has evolved from that original vision; at the same time, ConTeXt’s unified design avoids the package clashes that can happen with LaTeX.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Context

    kon′tekst, n. the parts of a discourse or treatise which precede and follow a special passage and fix its true meaning.—adj. Context′ualadv. Context′ually.—n. Context′ure, the interweaving of parts into a whole: the structure or system of anything: any interwoven fabric: the composition of a writing.—v.t. (Carlyle) to weave. [L. contextus, contexĕrecon, together, texĕre, textum, to weave.]

Editors Contribution

  1. context

    An intuitive feeling, knowing and understanding of the expression of a language that contributes to the interpretation of the expression.

    When we read a sentence we know intuitively the intent and context of the expression.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1172

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1848

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'context' in Nouns Frequency: #458

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of context in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of context in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of context in a Sentence

  1. Ian Brzezinski:

    He was saying if North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not up to this challenge, we have to think of other security arrangements, what a powerful challenge to the relevance of North Atlantic Treaty Organization in this day and age. That sets the context for...( the) summit meeting.

  2. Rick Wilson:

    To put the referenced e-mail correspondence into context, the dispute surrounding Havana Club rum has been going on for more than 20 years, then-Gov. Bush was responding to inquiries by Mr. Rodriguez and Bacardi to determine what was taking so long in what Bacardi believed to be rather routine measures after the company purchased the legitimate global rights to the Havana Club trademark from the creators and original owners, Jose Arechabala S.A. and the Arechabala family.

  3. Philip Dawson:

    It was disappointing to not see more information on data trusts and a more clear concept of what type of data trust they're talking about, it could've set a different precedent for a proposal on data management in the context of smart cities.

  4. Andrew Demaria:

    Marc Lourdes had a fierce dedication to Asia-Pacific and covering it, Marc Lourdes insight and context enriching CNN's global news agenda.

  5. Phoenix Kalen at Societe Generale:

    Current pressures on RUB are primarily geopolitics-driven, considering the context of supportive emerging market sentiment and stabilizing oil prices, market participants are anxious regarding the extent of the Western backlash against Russia in response to the government’s crackdown on protests by Navalny supporters.

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