from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See semantics.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A discipline within linguistics concerned with the meaning of a word independent of its phonetic expression.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science of meanings or sense development (of words); the explanation of the development and changes of the meanings of words; -- more commonly referred to as semantics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the development and connections of the meanings of words; the department of significance in philology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of semantics that studies the cognitive aspects of meaning
Greek sēmasiā, meaning (from sēmainein, to signify; see semantic) + logy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek σημασία (semasia, "the meaning of a word") + -λογία (-logía, "-logy, branch of study"), from σημαίνω (semaino, "I show by a sign, signify"), from σῆμα ("a mark, sign"). (Wiktionary)