Meaning

Meaning may refer to:

  • Meaning (linguistics), meaning which is communicated through the use of language
  • Meaning (non-linguistic), extra-linguistic meaning (intentional communication without the use of language), and natural meaning, where no intentions are involved at all
  • Meaning (semiotics) has to do with the distribution of signs in sign relations
  • Meaning as a relationship between ontology and truth
  • Meaning as a reference or equivalence
  • Meaning (philosophy of language)
  • Meaning (psychology)
  • Meaning as values, a value system or as derived from value theory
  • Meaning (existential), as it is understood in contemporary existentialism
  • The meaning of life, a notion concerning the nature of human existence
  • Meaning (House), an episode of the TV series House

Famous quotes containing the word meaning:

    [Woman’s] life-long economic parasitism has utterly blurred her conception of the meaning of equality.
    Emma Goldman (1869–1940)

    It’s given new meaning to me of the scientific term black hole.
    Don Logan, U.S. businessman, president and chief executive of Time Inc. His response when asked how much his company had spent in the last year to develop Pathfinder, Time Inc.’S site on the World Wide Web. Quoted in New York Times, p. D7 (November 13, 1995)

    Semantically, taste is rich and confusing, its etymology as odd and interesting as that of “style.” But while style—deriving from the stylus or pointed rod which Roman scribes used to make marks on wax tablets—suggests activity, taste is more passive.... Etymologically, the word we use derives from the Old French, meaning touch or feel, a sense that is preserved in the current Italian word for a keyboard, tastiera.
    Stephen Bayley, British historian, art critic. “Taste: The Story of an Idea,” Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things, Random House (1991)