English - Etymology 1
From Middle English _mening_, _menyng_, equivalent to _mean_ + _-ing_. Cognate with Scots _mening_ (“intent, purpose, sense, meaning”), West Frisian _miening_ (“opinion, mind”), Dutch _mening_ (“view, opinion, judgement”), German _Meinung_ (“opinion, view, mind, idea”), Danish and Swedish _mening_ (“meaning, sense, sentence, opinion”), Icelandic _meining_ (“meaning”).
MEANING (_plural_ MEANINGS)
* The symbolic value of something.
* 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter VIII, _The Younger Set_:
Elbows almost touching they leaned at ease, idly reading the almost obliterated lines engraved there. ¶ "I never understood it," she observed, lightly scornful. "What occult MEANING has a sun-dial for the spooney? _I'm_ sure I don't want to read riddles in a strange gentleman's optics."
* The significance of a thing.
_the MEANING of life_
* (semantics) The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
* (obsolete) Intention.
* (Can we date this quote?) Sir Walter Raleigh:
It was their MEANING to take what they needed by stronghand.
* sense, definition
From Middle English mening, menyng,
equivalent to mean
+ -ing. Cognate with Scots mening (“intent, purpose, sense, meaning”), West Frisian miening (“opinion, mind”), Dutch mening (“view, opinion, judgement”), German Meinung (“opinion, view, mind, idea”), Danish and Swedish mening
(“meaning, sense, sentence, opinion”), Icelandic meining (“meaning”).
meaning (plural meanings)
The symbolic value of something.
The significance of a thing.
the meaning of life
(semantics) The objects or concept that a word or phrase denotes, or that which a sentence says.
English - Etymology 2
From _mean_ + _-ing_.
* Present participle of _mean_.
MEANING (_comparative_ MORE MEANING, _superlative_ MOST MEANING)
* Having a (specified) intention.
* Expressing some intention or significance; meaningful.
* 1839, Edgar Allan Poe, ‘William Wilson’:
I might, to-day, have been a better, and thus a happier man, had I less frequently rejected the counsels embodied in those MEANING whispers which I then but too cordially hated and too bitterly despised.
From mean + -ing.
Present participle of mean.
meaning (comparative more meaning, superlative most meaning)
Having a (specified) intention.
Expressing some intention or significance; meaningful.