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Webster 1913 Edition


Meaning

Mean′ing

,
Noun.
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.
Shakespeare
2.
That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sense; import;
as, the
meaning
of a hint
.
3.
Sense; power of thinking.
[R.]
Mean′ing-less
,
Adj.
Mean′ing-ly
,
adv.

Webster 1828 Edition


Meaning

ME'ANING

,
ppr.
Having in mind; intending; signifying.

ME'ANING

,
Noun.
That which exists in the mind, view or contemplation as a settled aim or purpose, though not directly expressed. We say, this or that is not his meaning.
1.
Intention; purpose; aim; with reference to a future act.
I am no honest man, if there by any good meaning towards you.
2.
Signification. What is the meaning of all this parade? The meaning of a hieroglyphic is not always obvious.
3.
The sense of words or expressions; that which is to be understood; signification; that which the writer or speaker intends to express or communicate. Words have a literal meaning, or a metaphorical meaning, and it is not always easy to ascertain the real meaning.
4.
Sense; power of thinking. [Little used.]

Definition 2021


meaning

meaning

English

Noun

meaning (plural meanings)

  1. The symbolic value of something.
    • 1907, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, “chapter VIII”, in The Younger Set (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: A. L. Burt Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), OCLC 4241346:
      Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult meaning has a sun-dial for the spooney? I'm sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
  2. The significance of a thing.
    the meaning of life
  3. (semantics) The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
  4. (obsolete) Intention.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Raleigh:
      It was their meaning to take what they needed by stronghand.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
      [] there was nothing in the house, what there was, was broken, the last people must have lived like pigs, what could the meaning of the landlord be?
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Etymology 2

From mean + -ing.

Verb

meaning

  1. present participle of mean
    • 2013 July-August, Lee S. Langston, The Adaptable Gas Turbine”, in American Scientist:
      Turbines have been around for a long time—windmills and water wheels are early examples. The name comes from the Latin turbo, meaning vortex, and thus the defining property of a turbine is that a fluid or gas turns the blades of a rotor, which is attached to a shaft that can perform useful work.

Adjective

meaning (comparative more meaning, superlative most meaning)

  1. Having a (specified) intention.
  2. Expressing some intention or significance; meaningful.
    • 1839, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘William Wilson’:
      I might, to-day, have been a better, and thus a happier man, had I less frequently rejected the counsels embodied in those meaning whispers which I then but too cordially hated and too bitterly despised.

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