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- Hyphenation: con‧no‧ta‧tion
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
denotation (plural denotations)
- The act of denoting, or something (such as a symbol) that denotes
- (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.
- (philosophy, logic) The intension and extension of a word
- (semantics) Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol
- (semiotics) The surface or literal meaning encoded to a signifier, and the definition most likely to appear in a dictionary
- (computer science) Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics
- (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.
act of denoting
primary or explicit meaning
something signified or referred to
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- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.