What does meaning mean?

Definitions for meaning
ˈmi nɪŋmean·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meaning, significance, signification, importnoun

    the message that is intended or expressed or signified

    "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"

  2. meaning, substanceadjective

    the idea that is intended

    "What is the meaning of this proverb?"

  3. meaning(a), pregnant, significantadjective

    rich in significance or implication

    "a meaning look"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Meaningnoun

    Etymology: from mean.

    I am no honest man, if there be any good meaning toward you. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Some whose meaning hath at first been fair,
    Grow knaves by use, and rebels by despair. Wentworth Dillon.

    The meaning, not the name, I call: for thou,
    Not of the Muses nine. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vii.

    These lost the sense their learning to display,
    And those explain’d the meaning quite away. Alexander Pope.

    No word more frequently in the mouths of men than conscience; and the meaning of it is, in some measure, understood: however, it is a word extremely abused by many, who apply other meanings to it which God Almighty never intended. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Meaning

    of Mean

  2. Meaningnoun

    that which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent

  3. Meaningnoun

    that which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sence; import; as, the meaning of a hint

  4. Meaningnoun

    sense; power of thinking

Freebase

  1. Meaning

    In linguistics, meaning is what the source or sender expresses, communicates, or conveys in their message to the observer or receiver, and what the receiver infers from the current context.

Editors Contribution

  1. meaning

    Intended or known by language.

    The picture had meaning and depth, the words were very accurate and descriptive.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  


  2. meaning

    To intend to express or communicate.

    The picture had real meaning as she related to the power of the beautiful and loving words.


    Submitted by MaryC on January 31, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1536

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4138

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'meaning' in Nouns Frequency: #592

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meaning in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meaning in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of meaning in a Sentence

  1. Charles Monroe Schultz:

    My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right

  2. Mark Hamill:

    I will say that comic books are not the easiest things to translate to film, number one. Even the most well meaning of filmmakers find what's acceptable on the printed page is very difficult to bring to film.

  3. Erich Fromm:

    The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

  4. Viktor Frankl:

    Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human.

  5. John Macy:

    The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.

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