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- (semantics) The property of a word, sign or symbol that can represent multiple similar meanings.
- 2011, Brigitte Nerlich, Polysemy: Flexible Patterns of Meaning in Mind and Language, page 3:
- Fifty years ago the linguist and semanticist Stephen Ullmann wrote that polysemy, the fact that some words have a network of multiple but related meanings, is "the pivot of semantic analysis" (Ullmann 1957 : 117).
ability to have multiple meanings