from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or characterized by many meanings: highly polysemous words such as play and table.
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- adj. Having multiple meanings or interpretations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having many meanings.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of words; having many meanings
Words or phrases that can have two or more are sometimes referred to as polysemous words.
On its own, of course, a word may be horribly polysemous and ambiguous.
BD has always dwelt in a polysemous universe, which has left his texts open to unusual misinterpretation and abuse.
The reward for the reader is polysemous meaning, subtlety, fractal flavor bursts of emotion and idea.
It was a pregnant, polysemous term, intended to inspire.
Barthes famously said that images are polysemous, they have multiple meanings.
Kinda redundant to describe any piece of art as polysemous, because it all…
We should note that equivocal terms include homonyms (two words with the same form but different senses, e.g., ˜pen™), polysemous words (one word with two or more senses), and, for medieval thinkers, proper names shared by different people.
(I use this polysemous label to refer, here, to the idea that certain judgments have an internal or necessary connection to motivation and to action.)
The polysemous paragon, or How the turkey got its name