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a. A word or words by which an entity is designated and distinguished from others.
b. A word or group of words used to describe or evaluate, often disparagingly: Don't call me names.
2. Representation or repute, as opposed to reality: a democracy in name, a police state in fact.
a. A reputation: has a bad name.
b. A distinguished reputation: made a name for himself as a drummer.
4. An illustrious or outstanding person: joined several famous names for a photograph. See Synonyms at celebrity.
tr.v. named, nam·ing, names
1. To give a name to: named the child after both grandparents.
2. To mention, specify, or cite by name: named the primary colors.
3. To call by an epithet: named them all cowards.
4. To nominate for or appoint to a duty, office, or honor. See Synonyms at appoint.
5. To specify or fix: We need to name the time for our meeting.
adj. Informal
Well-known by a name: a name performer.
in the name of
1. By the authority of: Open up in the name of the law!
2. For the reason of; using as a reason: grisly experiments performed in the name of science.
to (one's) name
Belonging to one: I don't have a hat to my name.

[Middle English, from Old English nama; see nō̆-men- in Indo-European roots.]

nam′a·ble, name′a·ble adj.
nam′er n.
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a person who names
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Noun1.namer - a person who gives a name or names; "the owner is usually the namer of a boat"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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The poet is the sayer, the namer, and represents beauty.
By virtue of this science the poet is the Namer or Language-maker, naming things sometimes after their appearance, sometimes after their essence, and giving to every one its own name and not another's, thereby rejoicing the intellect, which delights in detachment or boundary.
Meanwhile, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) could not submit its reply to the court against acquittal petitions of Namer Majeed, Zulqarnain Majeed and Ali Kamal Majeed.
Signed to Navigator Records, home to releases by such artists as Bellowhead, Oysterband, Eliza Carthy and Ocean Colour Scene spin-off Merrymouth, Kitty's caused something of a stir with her debut album, Namer of Clouds.
When a loco with a nameplate (a 'namer') thundered through we all whooped with delight."
There is a strong natural world thread running through her material and her new record, Namer Of Clouds, has drawn praise from some good judges.
Adam is the first zoologist - namer of animals aside from the fact that Adam is our first parent.
And there should be a few histories penned, considering that the long, long, long-serving SOS has served in the job even longer than another Era namer, Queen Victoria, served as queen of England, for crying out loud.
Damascus, SANA- The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) branch in Daraa on Sunday delivered humanitarian aid to 400 families which returned home to Namer town in northeastern countryside of Daraa.
Also, other units of the army engaged in fierce clashes with the terrorists and freed the village of Aqraba and Tal al-Mahis region South of the town of Namer.
Violence also erupted in the front-line towns of Namer and Kafr Shams, near the Golan Heights, the sources said.