signification


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sig·ni·fi·ca·tion

 (sĭg′nə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
1. Meaning or significance, especially of a word.
2. The action or process of signifying: a theory of signification.

signification

(ˌsɪɡnɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
1. something that is signified; meaning or sense
2. the act of signifying

sig•ni•fi•ca•tion

(ˌsɪg nə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. meaning; import; sense.
2. the act of signifying; indication.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.signification - the message that is intended or expressed or signifiedsignification - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
lexical meaning - the meaning of a content word that depends on the nonlinguistic concepts it is used to express
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
symbolisation, symbolization - the use of symbols to convey meaning
signified, sense - the meaning of a word or expression; the way in which a word or expression or situation can be interpreted; "the dictionary gave several senses for the word"; "in the best sense charity is really a duty"; "the signifier is linked to the signified"
connotation, intension - what you must know in order to determine the reference of an expression
referent - something referred to; the object of a reference
gist, burden, essence, effect, core - the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
purport, intent, spirit - the intended meaning of a communication
moral, lesson - the significance of a story or event; "the moral of the story is to love thy neighbor"
nuance, subtlety, nicety, refinement, shade - a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
overtone - (usually plural) an ulterior implicit meaning or quality; "overtones of despair"
point - a brief version of the essential meaning of something; "get to the point"; "he missed the point of the joke"; "life has lost its point"

signification

noun
1. That which is signified by a word or expression:
2. Something visible or evident that gives grounds for believing in the existence or presence of something else:
Translations

signification

n
(= meaning)Sinn m, → Bedeutung f
(= indication)Bezeichnung f; a signification of one’s intentionseine Absichtsbekundung or -erklärung

signification

[ˌsɪgnɪfɪˈkeɪʃn] n (frm) (of word) → significato
References in classic literature ?
Such helpfulness was found in her -- so much power to do, and power to sympathise -- that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification.
I was still pondering the signification of "Institution," and endeavouring to make out a connection between the first words and the verse of Scripture, when the sound of a cough close behind me made me turn my head.
The names Tribnia and Langdon an not mentioned, and the "close stool" and its signification do not occur.
It has been already intimated that excises, in their true signification, are too little in unison with the feelings of the people, to admit of great use being made of that mode of taxation; nor, indeed, in the States where almost the sole employment is agriculture, are the objects proper for excise sufficiently numerous to permit very ample collections in that way.
If the different parts of the same instrument ought to be so expounded, as to give meaning to every part which will bear it, shall one part of the same sentence be excluded altogether from a share in the meaning; and shall the more doubtful and indefinite terms be retained in their full extent, and the clear and precise expressions be denied any signification whatsoever?
They at first addressed him by his name; giving him his title of captain, with a French accent: but they soon gave him a title of their own; which, as usual with Indian titles, had a peculiar signification.
It has been pointed out that one of the results of the extraordinary tyranny of authority is that words are absolutely distorted from their proper and simple meaning, and are used to express the obverse of their right signification.
Not in Sir Walter Scott's signification, my dear," answered Julia laughing, "for it is not so very COMMON.
On looking more closely Wolfert remarked three crosses cut in the rock just above the ring, which had no doubt some mysterious signification.
The word itself (taboo) is used in more than one signification.
1] The physical fact, to which it is here attempted to give a moral signification, has been known to occur in more than one instance.
As Columba is the Latin for dove, the dove became a sort of signification of the nunnery.