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Adj.1.polysemantic - of words; having many meanings
ambiguous - having more than one possible meaning; "ambiguous words"; "frustrated by ambiguous instructions, the parents were unable to assemble the toy"
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Ideally suited for a play on the very edges of meaning, these polysemantic signs flip to tell different tales.
Non-term lexis comprises polysemantic and polyfunctional words and phrases that are the term's lexical environment and may be of general, general scientific and general technical use.
This brief categorisation of the verb is further developed and elaborated on in Palmer's (1990, 2001) later works, where he adopts a polysemantic approach and discusses the classification of modal categories within epistemic, deontic and dynamic modality.
In his overview and conclusions he discusses the mythological frame of reference, the lessons of sarcophagi, eschatology and mythopoeia, the beauty and youth of the dead in verse-inscriptions, polyfunctional and polysemantic beauty, the meaning of true beauty and the sense of divine abduction, and celebration of (after)life.
Instead, it releases a polysemantic range of latent, fragmentary and often contradictory meanings, invariably with little relationship to what the author (filmmaker) originally intended.
These aspects were observed in the common language and speech in which ambivalent, polysemantic expressions, words with double meaning "permissive" and "subversive" were present.
Even if he had followed recent literary precedent and expressed a defense of his art, as Sir Philip Sidney had in a formal treatise, Edmund Spenser in a letter, and Sir John Harrington in a preface, the views he may have proposed would not necessarily have been fully supported by the evidence of his own literary works--as scholars of Sidney, Spenser, and Harrington can attest regarding the polysemantic work of these Elizabethan poets.
Building an AF taxonomy implies establishing criteria for the knowledge organization, to counteract ambiguity, deviations and clarify polysemantic issues, also simplifying and connecting different knowledge trees or hierarchies.
It finds expression in the entirely different, in most cases individual spheres of life, and thus, in principal is breaking the monolithic character of the linear body of the city and making it close to the polysemantic hypertext.