What does meme mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. memenoun

    a cultural unit (an idea or value or pattern of behavior) that is passed from one person to another by non-genetic means (as by imitation)

    "memes are the cultural counterpart of genes"

Wiktionary

  1. memenoun

    Any unit of cultural information, such as a practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  2. memenoun

    A self-propagating unit of cultural evolution having a resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetics).

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  3. memenoun

    A quiz or survey that is copied from one webpage or online journal to another, each participant filling in his or her personal answers.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

  4. memenoun

    A thought, idea, joke, or concept that spreads online, often virally. Can be in the form of an image, a video, an email, an animation, or music.

    Etymology: Coined by Richard Dawkins, 1976 in the book, The Selfish Gene. Modelled after gene, from μίμημα, influenced by memory and French même.

Freebase

  1. Meme

    A meme is "an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture." A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures. The word meme is a shortening of mimeme and it was coined by the British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in The Selfish Gene as a concept for discussion of evolutionary principles in explaining the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. Examples of memes given in the book included melodies, catch-phrases, fashion, and the technology of building arches. Proponents theorize that memes may evolve by natural selection in a manner analogous to that of biological evolution. Memes do this through the processes of variation, mutation, competition, and inheritance, each of which influence a meme's reproductive success. Memes spread through the behavior that they generate in their hosts. Memes that propagate less prolifically may become extinct, while others may survive, spread, and mutate. Memes that replicate most effectively enjoy more success, and some may replicate effectively even when they prove to be detrimental to the welfare of their hosts.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. meme

    [coined by analogy with ‘gene’, by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase meme complex denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the ‘hacker subculture’ meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, meme is often misused to mean meme complex. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.

Editors Contribution

  1. MEME

    Abbreviation of Mimeme. Phrase coined by Dawkins in The Selfish Gene. Refers to a positive attribute passed on from generation to generation.

    Submitted by rinat on May 10, 2020  

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of meme in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of meme in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of meme in a Sentence

  1. Brandon Greenberg:

    We sincerely apologize if we offended anyone or if any images were use inappropriately, this was inspired from an image that was obtained from a meme circulating around social media. This was by no means part of an advertising campaign intended to tarnish the Sesame Street brand, but we recognize the issue and all versions of this image have been removed from all Mately websites and social media pages.

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Le respect de soi est le meilleur et le plus beau cadeau que vous donnez à vous-même. Le respect de soi-construit la plus forte maîtrise de soi, la dignité de soi, l'auto-discipline, et la plus haute estime de soi qui vous permet de ne jamais se contenter de moins, et, surtout, de se éloigner de quelque chose ou quelqu'un que vous sous-estime et friandises vous comme un second choix. Ne oubliez jamais que vous ne avez pas besoin de personne qui ne vous traite pas avec respect et dignité. Mener votre vie de la meilleure façon, alimenté avec le respect de soi; et le monde vous respectera.

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    l'estime de soi ne vient pas de l'extérieur dans. ne laissez jamais les opinions exprimées par d'autres affectent votre propre opinion sur vous-même. Croire en vos ambitions, des rêves, des valeurs, et vous-même; peu importe ce que les autres disent ou font. connaissent ton estime de soi - toujours!

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Chaque numéro ou de la matière a une option ou plutôt vous avez une option. Oui! vous me avez bien entendu. Vous pouvez choisir la vie ou la mort, le succès ou l'échec, de la richesse ou de la pauvreté, l'excellence ou la médiocrité, la grâce ou la disgrâce, le pardon ou unforgivingness, la justice ou l'injustice, la cupidité ou de contentement, de la moralité ou de l'immoralité, de patience ou d'impatience, la gloire ou l'obscurité, la paix ou la guerre, la sagesse ou folie, force ou faiblesse, la connaissance ou de l'ignorance, de la compréhension ou l'incompréhension, le respect ou manque de respect, d'alphabétisation ou l'analphabétisme, la bonté ou unkindess, l'unité ou la désunion, l'espoir ou de désespoir, de la construction ou de la destruction, le salut ou la damnation, l'encouragement ou de découragement, la grandeur ou la banalité, la solidité ou la matité, l'enfer ou le paradis, la lumière ou les ténèbres, Dieu ou Satan, augmentation ou diminution, appréciation ou la dépréciation, de gratitude ou de l'ingratitude, l'humilité ou la fierté, la loyauté ou de déloyauté, la douceur ou ungentleness, l'amour ou la haine, la fidélité ou infidélité, la générosité ou l'avarice, la fidélité ou l'infidélité, l'honnêteté ou la malhonnêteté, de courage ou de lâcheté, le bonheur ou le malheur, la compassion ou la cruauté, la piété ou de l'impiété, la justice ou l'injustice. Cependant, toutes les illustrations ci-dessus montre évidemment que, vous avez la volonté de choisir soit positif ou l'aspect négatif de chaque problème ou la question dans la vie. Ainsi, le monde est dans votre huître dire que vous êtes en mesure de choisir ou de profiter d'un large éventail de possibilités et options. Mais, je vous exhorte, comme d'habitude. Dare de choisir l'aspect positif de tout plutôt que l'aspect négatif de lui. Même si/quand vous êtes dans le dilemme.

  5. Honoré de Balzac:

    Aucun homme n’a pu découvrir le moyen de donner un conseil d’ami à aucune femme, pas même à la sienne.

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