American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Linguistics The concept that a signifier denotes.
- n. linguistics, structuralism The concept or idea evoked by a sign.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of signify.
- n. the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted
- Translation of French signifié, past participle of signifier, to signify. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Initially, the label signified that 100% of the wood used in a product was harvested by sustainable methods.”
“I had been taught that “itis” at the end of a word signified some kind of inflammation and I was exposed to the insight that “gastr” was supposed to make you think about stomachs; so I creatively surmised correctly that the word “gastritis” might well relate to inflammation of the stomach.”
“Bush called himself the “asterisk candidate,” referring to the fact that an asterisk following his name signified that poll takers found no support at all for him.”
“Let animal be the term signified by A, mortal by B, and immortal by C, and let man, whose definition is to be got, be signified by D.”
“Flandry didn't know what the title signified -- and Merseian grades were subtle, variable things -- but it was plainly a high one, since the aristocratic-deferential form of address was used.”
“In his book The Peace Process, William Quant traces American-led negotiations from the mid-1970s when the term signified a "gradual, step-by-step approach to resolving one of the world's most difficult conflicts.”
“In his book "The Peace Process," William Quant traces American-led negotiations from the mid-1970s when the term signified a "gradual, step-by-step approach to resolving one of the world's most difficult conflicts.”
“This shifting relationship between the word and the idea, between the signifier and the signified is the reason for the "doubtfulness and uncertainty of their [words '] signification" (III. ix.4, p. 479), and Locke is explicit as to what he thinks of those who exploit this shifting relationship: "'tis plain cheat and abuse, when I make them [words] stand sometimes for one thing and sometimes for another" (III. x.5, p. 492).”
“The cacophony would be excusable if the barbarous term signified nothing but the creature signified; but as a rule this name possesses, hidden in its Greek or other roots, a certain meaning in which the novice hopes to find instruction.”
“And should I eventually find the elusive Condors in some other TV show, I could say that, like the Titans, the new name signified the Hawks' new home and new identity.”
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