What does nomenclature mean?

Definitions for nomenclature
ˈnoʊ mənˌkleɪ tʃər, noʊˈmɛn klə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊərnomen·cla·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. terminology, nomenclature, languagenoun

    a system of words used to name things in a particular discipline

    "legal terminology"; "biological nomenclature"; "the language of sociology"


  1. nomenclaturenoun

    A name.

  2. nomenclaturenoun

    A set of names or terms.

  3. nomenclaturenoun

    A set of rules used for forming the names or terms in a particular field of arts or sciences.

  4. Etymology: From nomenclatura, from nomen + calare

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nomenclaturenoun

    Etymology: nomenclature, Fr. nomenclatura, Lat.

    To say where notions cannot fitly be reconciled, that there wanteth a term or nomenclature for it, is but a shift of ignorance. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    The watry plantations fall not under that nomenclature of Adam, which unto terrestrious animals assigned a name appropriate unto their natures. Thomas Browne, V. Err.


  1. Nomenclature

    Nomenclature (UK: , US: ) is a system of names or terms, or the rules for forming these terms in a particular field of arts or sciences. The principles of naming vary from the relatively informal conventions of everyday speech to the internationally agreed principles, rules and recommendations that govern the formation and use of the specialist terms used in scientific and any other disciplines.Naming "things" is a part of general human communication using words and language: it is an aspect of everyday taxonomy as people distinguish the objects of their experience, together with their similarities and differences, which observers identify, name and classify. The use of names, as the many different kinds of nouns embedded in different languages, connects nomenclature to theoretical linguistics, while the way humans mentally structure the world in relation to word meanings and experience relates to the philosophy of language. Onomastics, the study of proper names and their origins, includes: anthroponymy (concerned with human names, including personal names, surnames and nicknames); toponymy (the study of place names); and etymology (the derivation, history and use of names) as revealed through comparative and descriptive linguistics. The scientific need for simple, stable and internationally accepted systems for naming objects of the natural world has generated many formal nomenclatural systems. Probably the best known of these nomenclatural systems are the five codes of biological nomenclature that govern the Latinized scientific names of organisms.


  1. nomenclature

    Nomenclature refers to the system or set of names and terms used in a particular field of science, art, or other professional discipline. It can also refer to the act or process of naming or a body of names in a particular field. It encompasses the rules and conventions for the creation of these names or terms.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nomenclaturenoun

    a name

  2. Nomenclaturenoun

    a vocabulary, dictionary, or glossary

  3. Nomenclaturenoun

    the technical names used in any particular branch of science or art, or by any school or individual; as, the nomenclature of botany or of chemistry; the nomenclature of Lavoisier and his associates

  4. Etymology: [L. nomenclatura: cf. F. nomenclature. See Nomenclator.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. nomenclature

    Technical designation. For nomenclature of ordnance, see appropriate headings in this work.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nomenclature in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nomenclature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of nomenclature in a Sentence

  1. Scott Gottlieb:

    I think what governors are agitating for are some clear guideposts that define what the on and off ramp is for this. When do we start to roll back this mitigation ? We don't have an agreed upon set of nomenclature and metrics for measuring that, what governors are sensing is that we need to agree upon a set of metrics -- when we're going to start to roll back these mitigation steps, and give people a light at the end of the tunnel.

  2. Uma Valeti:

    The nomenclature is one of the things to be working on with the regulators, because it is real meat, if someone's got, let's say, an allergy to meat or fish, they should know this is real meat. So, it's going to be called meat but the prefix is what we're working on.

  3. Anca Safta:

    The symptoms are there. Folks do get better once they remove the gluten-containing products, and the very important thing is to exclude celiac disease from the picture, as celiac disease implies that the intestinal mucosa has suffered damage, as we're learning more, we don't even know if we have the correct nomenclature for non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

  4. Jim Green:

    [This mission] probably has reignited the debate, but from a NASA perspective we don't get involved in that. We really are not concerned about the nomenclature. What we're concerned about is going to the objects that are most important for us to understand the origin and evolution of the solar system.

  5. Anca Safta:

    As we're learning more, we don't even know if we have the correct nomenclature for non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

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