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ˌsi miˈɒl ə dʒi, ˌsɛm i-, ˌsi maɪ-semi·ol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. semiotics, semiologynoun

    (philosophy) a philosophical theory of the functions of signs and symbols


  1. semiologynoun

    Semiotics, the study of signs.

  2. Etymology: semaeologia, from σημεῖον + -logia


  1. semiology

    Semiotics (also called semiotic studies) is the systematic study of sign processes (semiosis) and meaning making. Semiosis is any activity, conduct, or process that involves signs, where a sign is defined as anything that communicates something, usually called a meaning, to the sign's interpreter. The meaning can be intentional, such as a word uttered with a specific meaning; or unintentional, such as a symptom being a sign of a particular medical condition. Signs can also communicate feelings (which are usually not considered meanings) and may communicate internally (through thought itself) or through any of the senses: visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, or gustatory (taste). Contemporary semiotics is a branch of science that studies meaning-making and various types of knowledge.The semiotic tradition explores the study of signs and symbols as a significant part of communications. Unlike linguistics, semiotics also studies non-linguistic sign systems. Semiotics includes the study of signs and sign processes, indication, designation, likeness, analogy, allegory, metonymy, metaphor, symbolism, signification, and communication. Semiotics is frequently seen as having important anthropological and sociological dimensions; for example the Italian semiotician and novelist Umberto Eco proposed that every cultural phenomenon may be studied as communication. Some semioticians focus on the logical dimensions of the science, however. They examine areas also belonging to the life sciences—such as how organisms make predictions about, and adapt to, their semiotic niche in the world (see semiosis). Fundamental semiotic theories take signs or sign systems as their object of study; applied semiotics analyzes cultures and cultural artifacts according to the ways they construct meaning through their being signs. The communication of information in living organisms is covered in biosemiotics (including zoosemiotics and phytosemiotics). Semiotics is not to be confused with the Saussurean tradition called semiology, which is a subset of semiotics.


  1. semiology

    Semiology, also known as semiotics, is the study of signs, symbols, and signification. It is a discipline that explores how meaning is created and communicated through various sign systems, both verbal and non-verbal. This can include anything from language and images, to architectural structures, fashion, and body language. Essentially, it is the science of interpreting signs and symbols within different contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semiologynoun

    the science or art of signs

  2. Semiologynoun

    the science of the signs or symptoms of disease; symptomatology

  3. Semiologynoun

    the art of using signs in signaling

  4. Semiology

    alt. of Semiological

  5. Etymology: [Gr. shmei^on a mark, a sign + -logy.]


  1. Semiology

    Semiology, derived from Semeion is a branch of Gregorian Chant research. Semiology refers specifically to the study of the neumes as found in the earliest fully notated manuscripts of Gregorian Chant, the oldest of which have been dated to the 9th century. The first application of the term 'semiology' for the study of Latin chant was made by Dom Eugene Cardine, a monk of the Abbey of Solesmes. In this context, 'semiology' is understood as 'the study of musical signs'. Text and neumatic notation, together with significative letters adjoined to the neumes, presents an effective and integrated mnemonic for melody.

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    The numerical value of semiology in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of semiology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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