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.

    Etymology: From contextus.

  2. contextnoun

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

    Etymology: From contextus.

  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.

    Etymology: From contextus.

  4. contextnoun

    The trama or flesh of a mushroom.

    Etymology: From contextus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contextadjective

    knit or woven together; close; firm

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

  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

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

  3. Contextverb

    to knit or bind together; to unite closely

    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. Rudy Giuliani:

    What I am saying, is in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America, i do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he is more of a critic than he is a supporter.

  2. White House:

    ( House) Speaker( Nancy) Pelosi and White House Democrats are running an unfair, unconstitutional and illegitimate' impeachment' proceeding. The Democrats' sham hearings provide zero due process to The President and are being conducted entirely in secret, except for the out-of-context parts that( White House) Chairman( Adam) Schiff determines should be selectively leaked to the press. The President can not be expected to participate in this illegitimate process.

  3. Du Plessis:

    What really matters is whether there is evidence of changes in the brain to suggest injury in the context of a proven viral infection in the mother, that is where MRI is the gold standard for picking up changes in the brain, even though it has limitations in terms of availability and cost.

  4. Sally Curtin:

    Accurate recording of the circumstances surrounding the death as well as classifying the death obviously would be a limitation, and especially within the context of a drug overdose, oftentimes, it's hard to tell, unless there's a suicide note, whether it was a suicide or unintentional.

  5. Wang Yu:

    It's a clear signal that regulators are ready to provide the market with easier, and cheaper funding, although it won't likely translate immediately into any meaningful businesses for brokerages, it definitely boosts investor confidence, in the context of a series of new messages from the new securities chief.

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