from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something that is conveyed or signified; sense or significance.
- n. Something that one wishes to convey, especially by language: The writer's meaning was obscured by his convoluted prose.
- n. An interpreted goal, intent, or end: "The central meaning of his pontificate is to restore papal authority” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- n. Inner significance: "But who can comprehend the meaning of the voice of the city?” ( O. Henry).
- adj. Full of meaning; expressive.
- adj. Disposed or intended in a specified manner. Often used in combination: a well-meaning fellow; ill-meaning intentions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of mean.
- n. The symbolic value of something.
- n. The significance of a thing.
- n. The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
- n. intention
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object.
- n. That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sense; import.
- n. Sense; power of thinking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which exists in the mind, view, or contemplation as an aim or purpose; that which is meant or intended to be done; intent; purpose; aim; object.
- n. That which is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated in any way; the sense or purport of anything, as a word or an allegory, a sign, symbol, act, event, etc.; signification; significance; import.
- n. Understanding; knowledge; remembrance.
- n. Synonyms Design.
- n. Sense, explanation, interpretation, purport, acceptation.
- Significant; expressing thought or purpose: as, a meaning look.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the message that is intended or expressed or signified
- n. the idea that is intended
- adj. rich in significance or implication
From mean. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English mening, menyng, equivalent to mean + -ing. Cognate with Scots mening ("intent, purpose, sense, meaning"), West Frisian miening ("opinion, mind"), Dutch mening ("view, opinion, judgement"), German Meinung ("opinion, view, mind, idea"), Danish and Swedish mening ("meaning, sense, sentence, opinion"), Icelandic meining ("meaning"). (Wiktionary)