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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of furnishing critical commentary or explanatory notes.
  • n. A critical or explanatory note; a commentary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a critical or explanatory commentary or analysis
  • n. a comment added to a text
  • n. the process of writing such comment or commentary
  • n. metadata added to a document or program
  • n. information relating to the genetic structure of sequences of bases

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A note, added by way of comment, or explanation; -- usually in the plural.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of annotating or of making notes.
  • n. A remark, note, or comment on some passage of a book or other writing: as, annotations on the Scriptures.
  • n. The first symptoms of the approach of a febrile paroxysm in intermittent fever.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a comment or instruction (usually added)
  • n. the act of adding notes

Etymologies

From Latin annotātiōnem, accusative singular of annotātiō ("remark, annotation"), from annotātus, perfect passive participle of annotō ("note down, remark"). (Wiktionary)

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