Definitions

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  • n. The ability of words, signs and symbols to have multiple meanings.

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

  • n. the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings

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Examples

  • And I'm not even talking about polysemy, which is the greedy habit some words have of taking more than one meaning for themselves.

    Erin McKean redefines the dictionary

  • There's indeed some ambiguity hesitate to call it "polysemy" since it seems to be a historical development around "hair cloth/shirt", which I came across only days ago reading up on Thomas More.

    languagehat.com: MORE PYNCHONIAN VOCAB.

  • Topics range from particular language and construction-specific problems such as the "polysemy" of modal verbs in relation to context-sensitive constructions, to general technical analyses and proposals, including proposals for formalizing contextual features in constructional representations.

    Uz-Translations : Linguistics : Contexts and Constructions (Constructional Approaches to Language)

  • Here's my 2001 MA thesis on polysemy in advertising:

    My MA thesis Wordled...

  • This is the polysemy and metonymy among the terms Afghan, Pashtun (and its primary variant Pakhtun, and permutations of vowels in both constructs), and Pathan.

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • Price: 3,500,000 Euro ckolderup oh no, semantic polysemy! we've never had to deal with that before! csessums patched with rat stubble from a barber's dust pan cwaxler civil case Tiffany brought against eBay drothschild iT WAS A QUEER, SULTRY SUMMER, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York jessamyn Personally, I'm after the uncontrolled growth of pubic hair.

    Paste to Win! (A Twitter Contest) - Anil Dash

  • I wonder how and why human languages seem to be so completely content with the wild and multifarious polysemy and ambiguity that afflicts them.

    Archive 2010-05-01

  • Among the post-structuralists, at least, style was a way of subverting the metaphysics of presence and identity by drawing attention to the differential, the play of the signifier, our inability to pin down meaning due to the inherent polysemy of language.

    Beyond blue-pencil

  • Also a question that crops up in technical translation how many different words can be used to describe the same object polyreference as opposed to polysemy?

    On the biggest load of rubbish...

  • Current search algorithms are based on keywords, patterns of misspelling, and some more complicated semantic information, including polysemy the word bank, for example, refers to “financial institution” but includes meanings for both the organization and its physical site.

    Fishbird : Girl’s name + aquatic animal

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