semantics: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (si-man'tiks), [key]
— n. (used with a sing. v.)
    1. the study of meaning.
    2. the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.
  1. Also calledthe branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they denote.
  2. the meaning, or an interpretation of the meaning, of a word, sign, sentence, etc.: Let's not argue about semantics.
  3. See
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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