Definitions for: Meaning

[n] the idea that is intended; "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
[n] the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambigtuous"

Webster (1913) Definition: Mean"ing, n.
1. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim;
object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent.

If there be any good meaning towards you. --Shak.

2. That which is signified, whether by act lanquage;
signification; sence; import; as, the meaning of a hint.

3. Sense; power of thinking. [R.] -- Mean"ing*less, a. --
Mean"ing*ly, adv.

Synonyms: import, significance, signification, substance

See Also: burden, connotation, connotation, content, core, denotation, effect, essence, extension, gist, grammatical meaning, idea, implication, import, intension, intent, lesson, lexical meaning, message, moral, nicety, nuance, overtone, point, purport, reference, referent, refinement, sense, shade, significance, signified, spirit, strain, subject matter, substance, subtlety, symbolisation, symbolization, tenor, thought, undercurrent, undertone

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