What does meme mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. meme(noun)

    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. meme(Noun)

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

  2. meme(Noun)

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

  3. meme(Noun)

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

  4. meme(Noun)

    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.

  5. Origin: 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.

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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. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Satan plagiarized by dictator, and he does not even have copyright! (Satan plagié par dictateur, - Et il n'a même pas de droits d'auteur!)

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    When lovers kiss, they kiss even the eyes. (Quand s'embrassent les amoureux , - Ils s'embrassent même les yeux.)

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Certaines personnes portent ressemblance surprenante avec de belles fleurs de lotus qui poussent dans la boue et pourtant élever au-dessus des eaux plus sombres que étonnamment belles fleurs. La boue des adversités, les défis et les obstacles ne cesse de leur croissance, mais offre la nourriture et la force à monter au-dessus de la saleté. Je pense souvent que ce doit être le fort désir, de la ténacité et de la persévérance de la fleur de lotus qui la rend si unique en élevant au-dessus et au-delà des limites normales. Ne l'oublions pas, pas tout ce qui pousse dans la boue se transforme en une élégante fleur de lotus. à mon avis, nous devons nous efforcer de développer le même mental force, de persévérance et de passion au sein - de manière à croître au-delà de la boue des circonstances impérieuses, la haine, les difficultés, les rejets et les discriminations sociales, que nous rencontrons souvent dans le monde réel. Alors seulement nous serons en mesure de se transformer en fleurs de lotus éloquents, ouvrant doucement nos pétales douces et souples, un par un, pour rendre notre monde plus beau.

  4. Monica Roberts:

    We pleaded for canvassing in our neighborhoods, pro-HERO ads on Houston black radio stations and hard-hitting attacks to destroy the only card our haters had to play in the bathroom meme.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Une leçon très importante pour les dirigeants provient des enfants de conte de fées "La Petite Sirène". Vous devez toujours être vous-même plutôt que d'essayer d'être quelqu'un d'autre, en particulier un idéal impossible qui existe seulement dans votre imagination. La petite sirène se transformait pour devenir un être humain afin de gagner l'amour de son prince, et pourtant le prince a épousé quelqu'un d'autre. c'est la vie! à mon avis, les dirigeants devraient toujours chercher à être naturel et fiers de qui ils sont.

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