Definitions for: Designation


[n] the act of designating or identifying something
[n] the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
[n] identifying word or words by which someone or something is called and classified or distinguished from others



Webster (1913) Definition: Des`ig*na"tion, n. [L. designatio: cf. F.
d['e]signation.]
1. The act of designating; a pointing out or showing;
indication.

2. Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment;
direction.

3. That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name;
distinctive title; appellation.

The usual designation of the days of the week.
--Whewell.

4. Use or application; import; intention; signification, as
of a word or phrase.

Finite and infinite seem . . . to be attributed
primarily, in their first designation, only to those
things have parts. --Locke.

Synonyms: appellation, appellative, appointment, assignment, denomination, identification, naming

See Also: cognomen, conclusion, co-optation, co-option, decision, delegacy, determination, diagnosing, diagnosis, finding, moniker, name, nickname, nomination, ordinance, ordination, sobriquet, soubriquet, title

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