from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Variant of semiotics.
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- n. Alternative spelling of semiotics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The study of signs as an element of communication; the analysis of systems of communication; -- also called semiology.
- n. a theory of signs and symbols, including as branches semantics, pragmatics and syntactics.
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Note the semeiotics, if you will: English uses alphabetical characters, uniform and mechanical, meaningless in themselves, meaningful only when combined in words; Japanese uses ideographs, scripted and lyrical, meaningful in themselves but sometimes also conveying a higher meaning when combined together; the square-code language uses geometric designs, intentionally mechanical, yet undeniably aesthetic, meaningful in themselves but presumably not combined syntactically (from item to item) in commerce.