Definitions

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

  • n. Something, such as an adage or maxim, that is said.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of say.
  • n. A proverb or maxim; something often said.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is said; a declaration; a statement, especially a proverbial one; an aphorism; a proverb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is said; an expression; a statement; a declaration.
  • n. A proverbial expression; a maxim; an adage.
  • n. Synonyms Axiom, Maxim, etc. See aphorism.

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

  • n. a word or phrase that particular people use in particular situations

Etymologies

say +‎ -ing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So simply the Greek; the Hebrew, _And the word of the Lord came unto me saying, Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem saying_, not only betrays an editorial redundancy, but what follows is addressed not to Jerusalem but to all Israel.

    Jeremiah : Being The Baird Lecture for 1922

  • Keen To know whether to read "I'm not saying (moutai) is * bad*", or "I'm not * saying*

    Imagethief

  • If a product cannot be cleaned by any method, the manufacturer is required to attach a label saying so—for example, “Do not wash, do not dry-clean” or “Cannot be successfully cleaned.”

    HOME COMFORTS

  • We used to take over the gents, simply placing paper notices saying "Ladies" over the label saying gents, and leaving one Ladies for the use of the men.

    The Guardian World News

  • What Harkin saying is the complete truth and we would be foolish to disregard it as many of you have in this thread.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Way Forward

  • The BOK reiterated its vow to firmly maintain price stability when making future policy rate decisions, but in a slight change from the last month, the central bank inserted a phrase saying it will consider economic conditions at home and abroad before price stability, implying that it may take a measured pace in future rate rises.

    Korea Central Bank Raises Key Rate Again

  • When security saw the label saying 'don't open in visible light' on the infrared film. she covered her hand and checked them by feel.

    Fly the Friendly Skies

  • And there he was, standing on her porch in his leather jacket and jeans, his hands shoved in his pockets, his expression saying I need to be with you.

    The Love Goddess’ Cooking School

  • He proposed adding a phrase saying that any withdrawal would take into account “conditions on the ground.”

    Obama’s Wars

  • What I feel confident in saying is that traditionally, busing schemes for the purpose of balancing racial numbers, while voluntary on the local level, (that is to say, not prescribed by a federal court), were certainly not voluntary at the individual level.

    Matthew Yglesias » Fair Weather Originalists

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