noun (used with a singular verb)

  1. Linguistics.
    1. the study of meaning.
    2. 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. general semantics.

noun (functioning as singular)

  1. the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings
  2. the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent
  3. logic
    1. the study of interpretations of a formal theory
    2. the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter
    3. (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms

n.“science of meaning in language,” 1893, from French sémantique (1883); see semantic (also see -ics). Replaced semasiology (1847), from German Semasiologie (1829), from Greek semasia “signification, meaning.” n.

  1. The study or science of meaning in language forms.
  2. The study of the relationships between various signs and symbols and what they represent.

The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.

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