Meaning of SEMANTICS in English


— semanticist /si man"teuh sist/ , semantician /see'man tish"euhn/ , n.

/si man"tiks/ , n. ( used with a sing. v. )

1. Ling.

a. the study of meaning.

b. the study of linguistic development by classifying and examining changes in meaning and form.

2. Also called significs . the branch of semiotics dealing with the relations between signs and what they denote.

3. the meaning, or an interpretation of the meaning, of a word, sign, sentence, etc.: Let's not argue about semantics.

4. See general semantics .

[ 1895-1900; see SEMANTIC, -ICS ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .