from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The branch of science which relates to the rules to be observed in the formation of names or terms.
- noun The distinctive vocabulary used in any particular branch of study.
- noun A discourse or treatise on names, or the history of the names of persons.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The science of names or of their classification.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The study of the
originsof names; onomastics.
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The interesting and extensive field of personal onomatology -- the study of personal names -- cannot be entered upon exhaustively here.
Land was to be undertaken solely for the purpose of bringing back living specimens of the five-spotted Arctic woodcock -- _Philohela quinquemaculata_ -- in order to add to our onomatology and our glossary of onomatopoeia an ontogenesis of this important but hitherto unstudied sub-species.
In order to understand the onomatology question in medicine as it stands at present one has to read this book.
However, before long physicians will discard much from our present medical onomatology that is ridiculous, absurd, incorrect, in short, unscientific, as, for instance, the designation typhoid fever.
Look, for instance, at his ingenious quaintness in the matter of _onomatology_.
The Copycat Effect (NY: Simon and Schuster, 2004), and in forthcoming books, with further explorations in onomatology (the study of names) and toponomy (the study of places).
What makes this noteworthy is that Beal's post is largely about conspiratorial onomatology, or
"word meaning" as you declare, but rather "onomastics" is the study of proper names and thus, "anonymous" is not strictly a fit object of onomatology.