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Having or characterized by many meanings, as the words play and table.

[From Late Latin polysēmus, from Greek polusēmos : polu-, poly- + sēma, sign.]

pol′y·se′my (pŏl′ē-sē′mē, pə-lĭs′ə-) n.
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Adj.1.polysemous - 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"




[ˌpɒlɪˈsiːməs] adjpolisemico/a
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The second chapter, in my estimation the book's most compelling, uses the polysemous phrase "burial plot" to organize a discussion of narrative punctuality and delay in Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and the "Hades" episode of Joyce's Ulysses.
The fragment orbits around the colloquial and polysemous term "blacking," which is Moten's way of evoking collective black experience through the tradition of Byard's trade.
Like LSI, PLSI manages synonymous and in addition polysemous words.
31) Yet, the polysemous aspects of film interpretation do not undermine the fact that movies simultaneously normalize, reproduce, and even challenge cultural patterns and symbols.
en (wooden), -able (downloadable), -less frameless)), a great many adjectival suffixes are highly polysemous or fuzzy in meaning, e.
Perhaps, but to this reader healing does not emerge organically from the individual cases, not even from the 'wide, polysemous notion of healing' (p.
The account traces its history and its polysemous political involvement with great moments of history.
Ferrell's films are polysemous, yielding multiple interpretations and providing a number of entry points for audience identification.
Indeed, her writings (poetry and letters) are so enigmatic, compact, polysemous, metaphorical, and full of allusions and striking imagery that no one can claim to have really deciphered them fully.
Another limitation is that the concept of love, although very broad and polysemous, finds one of its most prototypical aspects in its romantic and passionate meaning, which was not used in our study.
Linguists are unanimous that prefixes are polysemous, but the question of their desemantization and grammaticalization is still open.
24) may well be the richest, densest, most polysemous story ever penned.