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Meaning of denotation by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From to denote ( from Middle French denoter, from Latin denotare "denote, mark out", itself from de- "completely" + notare "to mark" ) + -ation


    • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


    denotation ( plural: denotations )

    1. The act of denoting, or something ( such as a symbol ) that denotes
    2. ( logic, linguistics, semiotics ) The primary, literal, or explicit meaning of a word, phrase, or symbol; that which a word denotes, as contrasted with its connotation; the aggregate or set of objects of which a word may be predicated .
      The denotations of the two expressions "the morning star" and "the evening star" are the same ( i.e. both expressions denote the planet Venus ), but their connotations are different .
    3. ( philosophy, logic ) The intension and extension of a word
    4. ( semantics ) Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol
    5. ( semiotics ) The surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary
    6. ( computer science ) Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics
    7. ( media-studies ) A first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor .

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    • Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989

Explanation of denotation by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

    2. the act of indicating or pointing out by name

    Definition of denotation by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Denotation n. [L. denotatio: cf. F. dénotation.] The marking off or separation of anything. Hammond.