from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of denoting; indication.
- n. Something, such as a sign or symbol, that denotes.
- n. Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol.
- n. The most specific or direct meaning of a word, in contrast to its figurative or associated meanings.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of denoting, or something (such as a symbol) that denotes
- n. The primary, literal, or explicit meaning of a word, phrase, or symbol; that which a word denotes, as contrasted with its connotation; the aggregate or set of objects of which a word may be predicated.
- n. The intension and extension of a word
- n. Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol
- n. The surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary
- n. Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics
- n. A first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The marking off or separation of anything.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of denoting or indicating by a name or other sign; the attaching of a designation to an object; that function of a name or other designation by which it calls up to the mind addressed the idea of an object for which it may stand.
- n. That which a word denotes, names, or marks, in distinction from that which it means or signifies. See connotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of indicating or pointing out by name
- n. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
From to denote (from Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare "denote, mark out", itself from de- "completely" + notare "to mark") + -ation (Wiktionary)