ETYM Latin definitio: cf. French définition.
1. A concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol.
2. Clarity of outline.
ETYM Latin delineatio: cf. French délinéation.
A drawing of the outlines of forms or objects; SYN. depiction, limning, line drawing.
ETYM French démarcation; pref. dé- (Latin de) + marquer to mark, of German origin. Related to Mark.
In industrial relations, the practice of stipulating that particular workers should perform particular tasks. The practice can be the source of industrial disputes.
The act of marking, or of ascertaining and setting a limit; separation; distinction.
1. The idea that is intended; SYN. sense, substance.
2. The message that is intended or expressed; SYN. significance, signification, import.
What is meant by words or things. In the philosophy of language, there are various theories about the meaning of words and sentences; for example, that a meaningful proposition must be possible to check (verifiability). When things (or life itself) have meaning, it is because we understand them (“Clouds mean rain”) or they have significance (“This ring means a lot to me”).
Perhaps the most influential theory of meaning is German philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein's use theory, which states that the meaning of a word or expression is to be found in its use. For Wittgenstein, the meaning of a word or sentence is not subjective and private but public, because it requires social conventions for its use.