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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj meaning rich in significance or implication "a meaning look"
    • n meaning the idea that is intended "What is the meaning of this proverb?"
    • n meaning 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wot yer mean photographin' my wife Wot yer mean photographin' my wife
England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall England and Wales, Mean Annual Rainfall
He told them what he thought their dreams must mean He told them what he thought their dreams must mean

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Kemo Sabe" means "soggy shrub" in Navajo
    • Meaning Sense; power of thinking.
    • Meaning That which is meant or intended; intent; purpose; aim; object; as, a mischievous meaning was apparent. "If there be any good meaning towards you."
    • Meaning That which is signified, whether by act lanquage; signification; sense; import; as, the meaning of a hint.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The word "sophomore" means "sophisticated moron."
    • n meaning That which exists in the mind, view, or contemplation as an aim or purpose; that which is meant or intended to be done; intent; purpose; aim; object.
    • n meaning That which is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated in any way; the sense or purport of anything, as a word or an allegory, a sign, symbol, act, event, etc.; signification; significance; import.
    • n meaning Understanding; knowledge; remembrance.
    • n meaning Synonyms Design.
    • n meaning Sense, explanation, interpretation, purport, acceptation.
    • meaning Significant; expressing thought or purpose: as, a meaning look.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hedenophobic means fear of pleasure.
    • Meaning that which is in the mind or thoughts: signification: the sense intended: purpose
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  • Albert Camus
    “That must be wonderful; I have no idea of what it means.”
  • Doris Lessing
    “Pearls mean tears.”
  • Tom Stoppard
    “The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily. That is what tragedy means.”
  • Seng-Ts'an
    “Return to the root and you will find the meaning.”
  • Homer Simpson
    Homer Simpson
    “Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “You take my life when you do take the means whereby I live.”


Lean and mean - An organisation that is lean and mean has no excess or unnecessary elements and is very competitive.
Man of means - A man, or woman, of means is wealthy.
Shades of meaning - Shades of meaning is a phrase used to describe the small, subtle differences in meaning between similar words or phrases; 'kid' and 'youth' both refer to young people, but carry differing views and ideas about young people.


In literature:

It means more to me to save James Marraville's life than it means to him.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
From this meaning it has come to have the figurative meaning of wounding or ruffling the feelings.
"Stories That Words Tell Us" by Elizabeth O'Neill
How he knew was by no means clear.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
She even, almost despite herself, began to hope for a Te Deum; and, hoping, she found means to be wise.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
That had been very mean, and the meanness had shocked her.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
To persons of means, New York offers more advantages as a place of residence than any city in the land.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
I know you told me not to roll round and so forth, but I knew you didn't mean it.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
One of my aunts was a mean, fighting woman.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I mean, help me after the trouble's over; I mean, turn assistant-surgeon when I take off my jacket.
"Fitz the Filibuster" by George Manville Fenn
Well, if she means fight, sir, you mean business, I suppose?
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
Certainly, by all means.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
When people say that Dickens could not describe a gentleman, what they mean is this, and so far what they mean is true.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
By province, you mean custom and conventional rule; and conventional rule means falsehood.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It is all sordid and mean, he cannot even understand the missionary spirit of resigning all.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
But I don't mean to laugh at her, because I know she means to do what is right.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Leptoglossum is from two Greek words, meaning thin, delicate, and tongue; luteum means yellowish.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
You're feeling mean, mean an' miser'ble, that makes me ter'ble mean to see.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
They are by no means the kind of people who run hither and thither wringing their hands.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Yet it is by no means lacking in the more superficial verisimilitude either.
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
I don't mean to-day, and I don't mean to-morrow; but we might think of it.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

What mean ye that ye make them toil,
Through long and dreary years,
And shed like rain upon your soil
Their blood and bitter tears?
"What Mean Ye?" by Anonymous Americas
A Dream?--what means this pageant, then?
These multitudes of solemn men,
Who speak not when they meet,
But throng the silent street?
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
To write what no one else should read,
With this for second meaning,
To "cleanse his bosom" (and indeed
It sometimes wanted cleaning);
"A Pepys' "Diary"" by Henry Austin Dobson
Passing the rays
Of the rubies of morning,
Or the soft rise
Of the moon; or the meaning
Known to the rose
Of her mystery and mourning.
"Has Your Soul Sipped?" by Wilfred Owen
"Another than I must crown thee,
He must by thee be unseen,
Thou shalt only hear his whispers,
And thy heart shall know what they mean.
"The Poet's Choice" by Alexander Anderson
They sang the psalm wi' joyfu' hearts,
An' poured the gratefu' prayer;
Laigh was the roof, an' mean the cot,
But God himsel' was there.
"Ballad of The Monkland Cottar" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The largest amount of money wasted in 2012 could mean a lot of things to a lot of different people.
Discover bottlenecks before they cost you time and effort tracking them down by other means.
The CEDIA Expo is right around the corner, which means a flood of AV goodies are on the way.
Robin chose quality of life by using natural means to walk through this disease.
Loosely translated from Greek, the word anastasis means resurrection.
For centuries, artists of all kinds - from Michelangelo to Martin Scorsese, Salvador Dali to Damien Hirst and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Monty Python - have attempted to convey the meaning of the Crucifixion through their work.
Blink 182 survives their first ever appearance in the GBF Rocktagon, meaning that tonight they will return as reining champ.
Second, for me, the term "silent ingredient" does not mean no disclosure.
Kendrick Lamar has at last revealed the meaning of the acronym in the title of his just-leaked new album, good kid, m.A.A.d.
I mean, I have crazy big hair and I should be immune.
Jody Hill's Observe and Report is icky, mean, and spectacularly funny.
When did this meaning get its meaning.
IN SOME QUARTERS of sports-crazed America, tomorrow night's playoff game between the Believing Broncos and the Philistine Patriots has taken on a larger meaning, maybe even a divine meaning.
And while that means family, food and festivities for us humans, it could mean increased risk of injury or illness for our pets.
As I've been watching the video of our various area ceremonies today, I hope you've taken time to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day and what it means in your life.

In science:

This means that there exists such ultrafilters D and E that (X )D = (Y )D and (Y )E = (Z )E (the symbol = means the isometry).
Classification of Banach Spaces --its Topological and Cardinality Properties
The final meaning of a variable x is obtained from its meaning S by replacing free variables of S by their final meanings.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
Note that a final meaning of a variable does not contain free variables possessing meanings.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
The final meaning of a subterm M of a segment, denoted [[M ]], is obtained by replacing free variables of M (whenever possible) by their final meanings.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
If Tk was obtained as a meaning of a variable bound on the secondary spine, and this meaning was taken as a subterm of some Ts, for s < k, then the appropriate occurrence of zj in Ts is also essential.
Retractions of Types with Many Atoms
However, we said above that the effective Hamiltonian can be used only if there is clustering of levels, meaning that the local mean spacing inside the cluster of N resonances is ∆ ≪ π/L.
Statistical properties of resonance widths for open Quantum Graphs
In the first case the crucial observation is that the most general means compatible with Kolmogorov’s axioms of probability are the so called quasi–linear means which are implemented via Kolmogorov–Nagumo functions .
Information theory and generalized statistics
Note that for linear g ’s the quasi–linear mean turns out to be the ordinary linear mean and hence Shannon’s information is the averaged information in the usual sense.
Information theory and generalized statistics
The connection with potential energy surfaces, geometric shapes and phase transitions can be studied by means of Hartree-Bose mean-field methods 9,10 in which the trial wave function is written as a coherent state.
Shape phase transitions and random interactions
When there is a mean field B0 comparable to the rms field, equation (5) is interpreted as the mean-square displacement perpendicular to B0 .
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
When there is a mean field B0 comparable to the rms field, h(△x)2 i in equation (1) is interpreted as the mean-square displacement perpendicular to B0 .
The divergence of neighboring magnetic field lines and fast-particle diffusion in strong magnetohydrodynamic turbulence, with application to thermal conduction in galaxy clusters
The main differences with the LL kinetic equation derived in Ref. are that the full mean field is included (not just the spin mean field), and that the equation is obtained for general spin-dependent interactions.
Large amplitude spin waves in ultra-cold gases
We use standard asymptotic and “order” notation, so for example f (n) ≃ g(n) means f (n)/g(n) → 1 as n → ∞, and f (n) = o(n) means f (n)/n → 0 .
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
X is the total mean, X j is the mean of chain j .
Precision Primordial $^4$He Measurement with CMB Experiments
If the true ground state retains the essential features of its HF approximation, then one would expect the Hall crystal to be the proper mean field precursor due to its higher correlation energy than other mean field solutions.14 In Sec. 2 the single particle Hartree-Fock hamiltonian is diagonalized analytically.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects