What is meaning?

  • (adj): Rich in significance or implication.
    Example: "A meaning look"; "pregnant with meaning"
    Synonyms: pregnant, significant
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "meaning":

  • (noun): The idea that is intended.
    Example: "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
    Synonyms: substance
  • (noun): The message that is intended or expressed or signified.
    Example: "What is the meaning of this sentence"
    Synonyms: significance, signification, import

Famous quotes containing the word meaning:

    Out in Hollywood, where the streets are paved with Goldwyn, the word “sophisticate” means, very simply, “obscene.” A sophisticated story is a dirty story. Some of that meaning was wafted eastward and got itself mixed up into the present definition. So that a “sophisticate” means: one who dwells in a tower made of a DuPont substitute for ivory and holds a glass of flat champagne in one hand and an album of dirty post cards in the other.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    To summarize the contentions of this paper then. Firstly, the phrase ‘the meaning of a word’ is a spurious phrase. Secondly and consequently, a re-examination is needed of phrases like the two which I discuss, ‘being a part of the meaning of’ and ‘having the same meaning.’ On these matters, dogmatists require prodding: although history indeed suggests that it may sometimes be better to let sleeping dogmatists lie.
    —J.L. (John Langshaw)

    The nineteenth century is a turning point in history, simply on account of the work of two men, Darwin and Renan, the one the critic of the Book of Nature, the other the critic of the books of God. Not to recognise this is to miss the meaning of one of the most important eras in the progress of the world.
    Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)