from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ancient prosody:
  • noun The unit of time; a primary time, or mora. See time.
  • noun One of the two divisions of a foot, known as thesis and arsis, or an analogous division of a measure or colon—for instance, .
  • noun In paleography, a mark, such as the coronis, asterisk, diple, etc., used to indicate metrical and other divisions.


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  • The word semeion means "sign", an appeal to intelligence, and expresses the purpose or final cause of the miracle.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman 1840-1916 1913

  • Now we come to "semeion," of which Mr. Wilson says, "This is a Greek word that is not to be found in the English language.

    Other Comment Jameson, Barbara 1965

  • For a Druze like Jumblatt to signal a change like this is a semeion that approaches a tekmerion, and signals a huge sea change going on under the radar.

    There Are Some Lines You Just Don’t Cross « Blog 2009

  • As I said, he is an interesting semeion, or should one have put it more simply as weathercock instead? abraham

    There Are Some Lines You Just Don’t Cross « Blog 2009

  • Semiotic or semiotics: paraphrasing here from the Greek semeiotikos observant of signs, from semeiousthai to interpret signs, from semeion sign; akin to Greek semu sign - more at SEMANTIC: a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals esp. with their function in both artifically constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics.

    Archive 2008-02-01 Jan 2008

  • For according to the most refined theory of Stoic logicians, a sign in the proper technical sense (semeion) was seen as the abstract propositional content of a sentence insofar it is functioning as the antecedent in a true implication by means of which a hitherto unknown truth is revealed.

    Medieval Semiotics Meier-Oeser, Stephan 2003

  • Now on the other hand, the English iambic tetrameter is a hesitating, loose, capricious form, always in danger of having its opening semeion chopped off, or of being diluted by a recurrent trimeter, or of developing a cadential lilt.

    The Strange Case of Pushkin and Nabokov Wilson, Edmund 1965

  • In the vocabulary of this system, a syllable becomes a "semeion."

    The Strange Case of Pushkin and Nabokov Wilson, Edmund 1965

  • The word is (...) (semeion) a sign; not (...) (teras) wonder.

    Commentary on Revelation 1837-1913 1909

  • Mk. 8: 12 amen lego humin, ei dothesetai te genea taute semeion.

    A Grammar of Septuagint Greek 1856-1924 1905


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