What does sentence mean?

Definitions for sentence
ˈsɛn tnssen·tence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sentence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sentence(noun)

    a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language

    "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"

  2. conviction, judgment of conviction, condemnation, sentence(noun)

    (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed

    "the conviction came as no surprise"

  3. prison term, sentence, time(verb)

    the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned

    "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail"

  4. sentence, condemn, doom(verb)

    pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law

    "He was condemned to ten years in prison"

Wiktionary

  1. sentence(Noun)

    One's opinion; manner of thinking.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  2. sentence(Noun)

    Someone's pronounced opinion or judgment on a given question.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  3. sentence(Noun)

    The decision or judgement of a jury or court; a verdict.

    The court returned a sentence of guilt in the first charge, but innocence in the second.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  4. sentence(Noun)

    The judicial order for a punishment to be imposed on a person convicted of a crime.

    The judge declared a sentence of death by hanging for the infamous cattle rustler.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  5. sentence(Noun)

    A saying, especially form a great person; a maxim, an apophthegm.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  6. sentence(Noun)

    A grammatically complete series of words consisting of a subject and predicate, even if one or the other is implied, and typically beginning with a capital letter and ending with a full stop.

    The children were made to construct sentences consisting of nouns and verbs from the list on the chalkboard.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  7. sentence(Noun)

    A formula with no free variables.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  8. sentence(Noun)

    Any of the set of strings that can be generated by a given formal grammar.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

  9. sentence(Verb)

    To declare a sentence on a convicted person.

    The judge sentenced the embezzler to ten years in prison, along with a hefty fine.

    Etymology: From sentence, from sententia, from sentiens, present participle of sentire; see sentient, sense, scent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sentence(noun)

    sense; meaning; significance

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  2. Sentence(noun)

    an opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  3. Sentence(noun)

    a philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  4. Sentence(noun)

    in civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  5. Sentence(noun)

    a short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  6. Sentence(noun)

    a combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  7. Sentence(verb)

    to pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  8. Sentence(verb)

    to decree or announce as a sentence

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

  9. Sentence(verb)

    to utter sententiously

    Etymology: [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

Freebase

  1. Sentence

    A sentence is a grammatical unit consisting of one or more words that are grammatically linked. A sentence can include words grouped meaningfully to express a statement, question, exclamation, request, command or suggestion. A sentence can also be defined in orthographic terms alone, i.e., as anything which is contained between a capital letter and a full stop. For instance, the opening of Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House begins with the following three sentences: The first sentence involves one word, a proper noun. The second sentence has only a non-finite verb. The third is a single nominal group. Only an orthographic definition encompasses this variation. As with all language expressions, sentences might contain function and content words and contain properties distinct to natural language, such as characteristic intonation and timing patterns. Sentences are generally characterized in most languages by the presence of a finite verb, e.g. "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sentence

    sen′tens, n. opinion: a judgment pronounced on a criminal by a court or judge: a maxim: (gram.) a number of words containing a complete thought: sense: meaning: matter.—v.t. to pronounce judgment on: to condemn.—n. Sen′tencer, one who sentences.—adj. Senten′tial, pertaining to a sentence: comprising sentences.—adv. Senten′tially.—adj. Senten′tious, abounding with sentences or maxims: short and pithy in expression: bombastic, or affected in speech.—adv. Senten′tiously.—n. Senten′tiousness, brevity with strength.—Master of the Sentences, the great 12th-century schoolman, Peter Lombard (died 1160), from his work Sententiarum Libri IV., an arranged collection of sentences from Augustine, &c. [Fr.,—L. sententiasentīre, to feel.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sentence

    Decision, determination, final judgment. There is an appeal allowed from the sentence of a regimental court-martial to the opinion of a general one.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sentence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1838

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sentence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1766

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sentence' in Nouns Frequency: #551

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sentence' in Verbs Frequency: #927

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How to say sentence in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sentence in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sentence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sentence in a Sentence

  1. Brian Kammer:

    Commuting his sentence would honor his very meritorious service to this country, we should not be executing those we sent into harm’s way and who were deeply wounded, physically and mentally.

  2. Mary McNamara:

    This is really a case about what the appropriate sentence should be, and here is a young guy who is immature, said some stupid things online, and the FBI sent out their best people to try to get a sting operation going.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Better to keep silence than to keep writing all sort of sentence or thoughts that make no sense to a wise person.

  4. John Kasich:

    Specifically, the defense’s failure to present sufficient mitigating evidence, coupled with an inaccurate description of Tibbetts’ childhood by the prosecution, essentially prevented the jury from making an informed decision whether Tibbetts deserved the death sentence.

  5. Efkan Bolac:

    Public pressure has brought this decision. I hope that this sentence will set an example for all similar court cases.

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