What does word "meaning" really mean?

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  1. Steven Registered Member

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    I cant think of any definition or smth
    Any ideas?
     
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  3. Aqueous Id flat Earth skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    i need meaning to mean but that's not what you mean. (nor average).

    Meaning to me "means" ideation which I connect to other ideation until the web is so thick it blows my mind and i can't leave it alone.
     
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  5. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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  7. scheherazade Northern Horse Whisperer Valued Senior Member

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    The words that we say,
    may not actually convey,
    that which we have in our mind.

    That which you heard
    and the intent of my word
    must conjoin for the meaning to find.
     
  8. gendanken Ruler of All the Lands Valued Senior Member

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    "Meaning" is the card you play the moment you realize you've spoken beyond your intelligence.

    A little octopus ink to blow at a rival.

    "That's not what I meant", she said after calling Pearl Harbor an actress.
     
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  10. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    I don't understand your question. The dictionary definition is pretty clear.
    • If we're talking about a word or a longer written or spoken expression, its meaning is the particular language community's consensus of what thing, person, idea, etc., the word or expression symbolizes--of course with all the clarity or lack thereof that comes with it.
    • If we're talking about the thing, person, idea, etc., itself rather than the verbal symbol, then its meaning is its purpose, significance, etc., such as "what is the meaning of Christianity?" or "the meaning of life is to be happy." In this sense a meaning is not necessarily a consensus but may be one person's own viewpoint.
     
  11. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    And what does the word "really" really mean?
     
  12. Pineal Banned Banned

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    I think the meaning of 'meaning' varies depending on the individuals.

    For some realists it means what in the real word is being referred to. The word is a label.

    For others the meaning is what happens in the listeners, readers when they hear, read it. The meaning is an 'internal experience'.

    For others meaning is use -Wittgenstein- Meaning is what the word does in an interaction.

    For most it is what is found in the dictionary, other words saying what the first word means and begging the question.

    I am sure it means other things and mixtures to other people.
     
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2011
  13. Aqueous Id flat Earth skeptic Valued Senior Member

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    meaning is the upper shell of all lower human endeavors involving "search"
     
  14. Crunchy Cat F-in' *meow* baby!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Objectively, "meaning" is the relationship between two or more variables. Subjectively, "meaning" is importance.
     

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