Definitions

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

  • n. The established meaning of a word. See Synonyms at meaning.
  • n. The act of signifying; indication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of signifying, or something that is signified; significance.
  • n. Evidence for the existence of something.
  • n. A meaning of a word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of signifying; a making known by signs or other means.
  • n. That which is signified or made known; that meaning which a sign, character, or token is intended to convey.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of signifying or making known; expression or indication of meaning in any manner.
  • n. A fact as signified; an established or intended meaning; the import of anything by which thought is or may be communicated; connotation, or logical comprehension; implication; sense: as, the signification of a word or a gesture; the significations of mathematical and other conventional signs.
  • n. Significance; occult meaning; a fact as inferable from a phenomenon of which it is said to be the signification.
  • n. In French-Canadian law, the act of giving notice; notification.
  • n. Synonyms Meaning, etc. See significance.

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

  • n. the message that is intended or expressed or signified

Etymologies

Latin significatio. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • - The patrons of the Egyptian origin of the sacred name appeal to the common Egyptian formula, Nuk pu nuk but though its literal signification is “I am I”, its real meaning is “It is I who” …

    jhvh is the enemy of god and man

  • As words convert to waves, their very signification is what gets left behind.

    Captivation and Liberty in Wordsworth's Poems on Music

  • The differential system that rules out voice from the byplay of linguistic signification is therefore an oscillatory mechanism through which voice itself may seem to stage its phantom evanescent renewal.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • This double signification is possible because of Las Casas's contested status in Britain as an icon for abolitionists.

    London-Kingston-Caracas: The Transatlantic

  • More often, though, we participate in signification less self-consciously, more by elective affiliation, with much less formal expectations and obligations; in so doing, we float along with the significations made available by mass culture and socially-dominant institutions.

    AKMA’s Random Thoughts

  • For Blake the unit of signification can be anything along a sliding analogical scale of the particulars of textual production: from the whole of a published, finished copy down to the smallest drops of ink and finest of etched marks, Blake's vision of signification is like a great chain of reading with every link forged as it is perceived by the reader.

    Unlocking Language: Self-Similarity in Blake's _Jerusalem_.

  • The minute end of the scale of signification is limited only by the limits of his perception, the minutest of graphic particulars that his graver could carve or his pen could write.

    Unlocking Language: Self-Similarity in Blake's _Jerusalem_.

  • Beza himself confesseth, that beyond Jordan, is the proper signification of the Greek word beyond, Matthew 4: 15.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Pillar, Plain Of The or rather "oak of the pillar" (that being the real signification of the Hebrew word elon), a tree which stood near Shechem and at which the men of Shechem and the house of Millo assembled to crown Abimelech the son of Gideon.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • James Francis Edward, who called himself James the Third, and whom his opponents called the Pretender, by a translation which gave an injurious signification to the French word "pretendant."

    A History of the Four Georges and of William IV, Volume III (of 4)

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