1. Organe de la perception. Les cinq sens.
2. Signification. Analyser le sens d'une phrase.
4. Intuition. Avoir le sens de la physique.
5. Raison. Avoir du bon sens.
6. Direction. Aller en sens contraire.
7. (Au pluriel) Sensualité. Les plaisirs des sens.
ETYM Latin directio: cf. French direction.
1. A general course along which something has a tendency to develop.
2. A line leading to a place or point; SYN. way.
3. A message describing how something is to be done; SYN. instruction.
4. The spatial relation between something and the course along which it points or moves.
1. Actively exploring with the hands.
2. Manual-genital stimulation; SYN. feel.
3. The psychological feature of experiencing affective and emotional states.
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.
ETYM Latin sensus, from sentire, sensum, to perceive, to feel, from the same root as Eng. send; cf. Old High Germ. sin sense, mind, sinnan to go, to journey, German sinnen to meditate, to think: cf. French sens.
In mathematics, the orientation of a vector. Each vector has an equivalent vector of the opposite sense. The combined effect of two vectors of opposite sense is a zero vector.
(Homonym: cents, scent).
1. A general conscious awareness.
2. A natural appreciation.
3. The faculty through which the external world is apprehended; SYN. sensation, sentience, sentiency, sensory faculty.
4. The meaning of a word or expression; or.
5. What one must know in order to determine the reference of an expression; SYN. intension, connotation.
ETYM French signification, Latin significatio.
1. The act of signifying or meaning.