Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to meaning, especially meaning in language.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or according to the science of semantics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to semantics or the meanings of words.
  • adj. Reflecting intended structure and meaning.
  • adj. Petty or trivial; (of a person or statement) quibbling, niggling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pertaining to the meanings of words.
  • of or pertaining to semantics.

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

  • adj. of or relating to meaning or the study of meaning

Etymologies

French sémantique, from Greek sēmantikos, significant, from sēmantos, marked, from sēmainein, sēman-, to signify, from sēma, sign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The only difference is, in the modern sentential calculus φ and ψ are not construed as terms denoting truth-values, but rather as sentences having truth conditions (though, in the semantics of the sentential calculus, sentences are assigned truth-values as their ˜semantic value™, and they are considered true/false according to which truth-value serves as their semantic value).

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  • Aristotle, in his time, distinguished between semantic and apophantic propositions, and noted, that if all propositions be _semantic_, not all are _apophantic_.

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  •  The term semantic similarity is misleading as it refers to a type of attributional similarity, yet relational similarity is not any less semantic than attributional similarity.

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  • The credit money is created by simply moving numbers on a balance sheet, and what I call a semantic fraud against all of us.

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  • So what we call semantic memory, remembering things by conceptual keys, like who was the first president of the United States.

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  • Other companies have offered what they call semantic search based on the semantic web approach.

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  • The qualifier "semantic" is important: semantic programs are composed of encoded information in which symbols stand for and are translated into physical, chemical, and biological objects and processes.

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  • The first half of the book is devoted entirely to a complete intensive in semantic, standards-based HTML.

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  • This is truly more than a search engine, it is a web portal that will help its viewers and is the movement forward in semantic searching on the web.

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  • Across cultures, geographically and historically, profanities vary but they pretty much fall into certain semantic fields — religion, race, sex, organs, effluvia, disease.

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