from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A belief or opinion.
- n. A mental image or representation; an idea or conception.
- n. A fanciful impulse; a whim. See Synonyms at idea.
- n. Small lightweight items for household use, such as needles, buttons, and thread.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.
- n. A sentiment; an opinion.
- n. Sense; mind. Shakespeare.
- n. An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
- n. Any small article used in sewing and haberdashery, such as a button or zipper.
- n. Inclination; intention; disposition.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- Mental apprehension of whatever may be known or imagined; an idea; a conception; more properly, a general or universal conception, as distinguishable or definable by marks or notæ.
- A sentiment; an opinion.
- Sense; mind.
- An invention; an ingenious device; a knickknack.
- Inclination; intention; disposition.
- Miscellaneous small objects; sundries; -- usually referring to articles displayed together for sale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A general concept; a mental representation of a state of things.
- n. A thought; a cognition.
- n. In the Lockian philos., a complex idea.
- n. In the Hegelian philos., that comprehensive conception in which conflicting elements are recognized as mere factors of the whole truth.
- n. An opinion; a sentiment; a view; especially, a somewhat vague belief, hastily caught up or founded on insufficient evidence and slight knowledge of the subject.
- n. A desire, inclination, intention, or sentiment, generally not very deep nor rational; a caprice; a whim.
- n. The mind; the power of knowledge; the understanding.
- n. In a concrete sense, a small article of convenience; a, utensil; some small useful article involving ingenuity or inventiveness in its conception or manufacture: commonly in the plural.
- n. Synonyms and Impression, fancy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (usually plural) small personal articles or clothing or sewing items
- n. a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
- n. a general inclusive concept
- n. an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
Middle English nocioun, concept, from Latin nōtiō, nōtiōn-, from nōtus, known, past participle of nōscere, to get to know.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin notio ("a becoming acquainted, a taking cognizance, an examination, an investigation, a conception, idea, notion"), from noscere ("to know"). Compare French notion. See know. (Wiktionary)