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OfflinePathos
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Whats the definition...
    #3675762 - 01/25/05 02:07 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

of the term definition? Meaning? No, the term meaning isnt any more useful than the term definition. Whats the definition of meaning?


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Re: Whats the definition... [Re: Pathos]
    #3675764 - 01/25/05 02:08 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

dictionary.com :grin:


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Re: Whats the definition... [Re: KillerChimp]
    #3675784 - 01/25/05 02:16 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The explanation of what someting is?


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Re: Whats the definition... [Re: Pathos]
    #3675886 - 01/25/05 02:59 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

The word is simply something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance. The word just happens to be represented in a parallel fashion of what it contains.

Philosophoy 101 for you potheads.


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Re: Whats the definition... [Re: spud]
    #3675926 - 01/25/05 03:14 AM (13 years, 3 months ago)

There're a number of definitions of definition at dictionary.com. I assume this is the one you're asking about:
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A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry.




Now, this is pretty clear, but your question is stated in a manner that seems to be asking somthing more fundamental, like "what is the meaning of a word?"

A word is a placeholder. A visual or audible stimulus triggers common associations for both you and me. These symbols have meaning by virtue of their relationship to other symbols and remembered stimulus. An apple is "The firm, edible, usually rounded fruit of the tree Malus pumila", and it also has a range of appearence, flavor, texture in the hand and in the mouth, etc. Depending on the apples you've eaten, you might think of somwhat different things than I do when we're talking about apples.

A definition places a word in its context with other words. It won't help you grok an apple if you've never eaten or handled one, but it'll let you know that it is a fruit, making it similar to oranges, plums, and pomegranites, and that it is firm and round, making it similar to a basketball.


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