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Meaning of means by Wiktionary Dictionary

means


    Etymology

    See mean .

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /miːnz/, SAMPA: /mi:nz/
    • Rhymes: -iːnz

    Noun

    means

    1. plural form of mean
    2. ( plurale tantum ) Resources; riches .
      a person of means
      independent means
      • 1955, Rex Stout, "Die Like a Dog", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 154:
        Some kind of writer. He didn't have to make a living; he had means .

    Usage notes

    Frequently contrasted with end ( “goal” ), as in “a means to an end”. Similar contrast is process vs. product .

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Explanation of means by Wordnet Dictionary

means


    Noun
    1. how a result is obtained or an end is achieved

    2. a means of control
    3. an instrumentality for accomplishing some end

    4. considerable capital ( wealth or income )

    5. he is a man of means