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  Meaning Of Roses
The rose color meaning could be enhanced or modified by other factors than the meaning of rose colors, such as the number of roses or how fully blooming roses were combined with rose buds.
The meaning of white roses is perceived as pure and bright, and by giving away a white rose a suitor says “You are heavenly” and “I respect and look up to you” to the object of his affection.
The meaning of roses with a deep pink or cerise tone was gratitude and appreciation, while the meaning of a rose with a very light pink shade was sympathy.
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  meaning - Definitions from Dictionary.com
Meaning is the general word denoting that which is intended to be or actually is expressed or indicated: the meaning of a word or glance.
Significance refers particularly to a meaning that is implied rather than expressed: the significance of her glance; or to a meaning the importance of which may not be easy to perceive immediately: The real significance of his words was not grasped at the time.
Purport is mainly limited to the meaning of a formal document, speech, important conversation, etc., and refers to the gist of something fairly complicated: the purport of your letter to the editor.
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  Meaning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Meaning (linguistic), meaning which is communicated through the use of language.
Meaning (non-linguistic), extra-linguistic meaning (intentional communication without the use of language), and natural meaning, where no intentions are involved at all.
Meaning (semiotics) has to do with the distribution of signs in sign relations.
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 Meaning of life - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Where scientists and philosophers converge on the quest for the meaning of life is an assumption that the mechanics of life (i.e., the universe) are determinable, thus the meaning of life may eventually be derived through our understanding of the mechanics of the universe in which we live, including the mechanics of the human body.
Atheism's strictest sense means the belief that no god or supernatural overbeing (of any type or number) exists, and by extension that neither the universe nor we were created by such beings.
This is because "meaning of x" is a term in life usually conveying something regarding the consequences of x, or the significance of x, or that which should be noted regarding x, etc. So when "life" is used as "x" in the term "meaning of x", the statement becomes recursive and therefore nonsensical.
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 Meaning of life - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Other people have suggested that the meaning of life is in fact 42; this is incorrect, because according to the ASS, or American Smart Society, is "the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe, and Everything" (notably, these words have a slight echo when spoken properly).
It has been hypothesized that money is not the answer to the meaning of life but is, in fact, the root of all evil.
In conclusion, the meaning of life is rather boring and confusing and shouldn't be bothered with.
uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Meaning_of_life   (1284 words)

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What this means, despite the attentive focus on the processes by which people come to see situations as having a certain meaning (a process also known as ethnomethodology), is that phenomenology is ultimately rooted in an attempt to ground a kind of objective criticism of social form in an objective material reality.
Understanding and meaning are also distinguished from forms of expression, particularly the embodiment of meaning in language, since by definition if one's text's meaning is to be clarified through the writing of another text that interprets it, the same meaning must be said to exist (for the subject) in two different texts.
The hermeneutic process only begins to take on full meaning when plural subjects are considered, since the occasions for a single observer to engage in an act of interpretation and re-expression for his or her own clarification are more limited and the importance of the process is less apparent.
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The meanings of the word brother seem easy to pick out from the waters, but in fact the possible meanings stretch deeper than you might expect, ranging from "full brother" to "any kinsman" to "any fellow human" to "anything related" (as in the brother vices of greed and selfishness).
Even this radius of meaning is not exhaustive: a brother can mean a "brother-in-law", a brother can be an adopted son raised by your parents, a brother can be used in the strict sense of "a fellow African American".
This allowed the literal meaning "near brother" to be used to coin a new word in Negasi, in this case referring to "a best friend", a previously absent word meaning.
www.langmaker.com /ml0106a.htm   (2450 words)

 The Human Condition: Meaning-making. The Visual Writer, LLC
Change, growth, meaning, and the human condition, the subjects of this series, are central to characterization and stories, and to humanity.
In simple terms, what "Postmodernist" means is that I look for the real meaning behind the things we do (as a society or individuals), and I tend to discard the parts that are without foundation.
The relationship with his son has a lot of meaning for him, and gives him a lot of purpose, but he has always kept his distance from his grandchildren so that he wouldn't be thought of as interfering.
www.visualwriter.com /HumanCond/MeaningMaking.htm   (8046 words)

 Meaning Change
When the meaning of the word daughter was first extended from that of "one's female child" to "a female descendant" (as in daughter of Eve), the listener might not have even noticed that the meaning had been extended.
This illustrates contextual specialization, where the meaning of a word is reshaped under pressure from another word that had frequently co-occured with it: thus undertaker acquired its meaning from constant use of the phrase funeral undertaker; eventually, under the pressure towards euphemism, the word funeral was dropped.
Its archaic meaning is "to breathe life into", with newer meanings like "to be the cause of", "to elicit", "to move to action", "to exalt" and "to guide by divine influence".
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Hence, this dimension of meaning is known as the denotative or referential meaning of a sign.
The denotative meaning of 'cabbage' when I say to the greengrocer 'I'll have a cabbage, please' is 'a green leafy vegetable etc.' Whenever I hear or use the word 'cabbage', I feel slightly nauseous because it reminds me of my revolting school dinners, which nearly always included cabbage.
Finally, the connotative meaning is the sum total of all of our previous experiences with a) our own mothers, b) other peoples mothers, and c) all of the situations in which we have used or heard the word mother.
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 Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind - Grice, Herbert Paul   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Non-natural meaning is the kind of meaning we speak of when we say "Those three rings on the bell (of the bus) mean that the bus is full" or "By saying that the child looked guilty, he meant that the child was in fact guilty".
The place of conventional meaning in Grice's conception of language appears to be that it constitutes a feature of words that speaker's might exploit in realizing the intentions referred to in the analysis of speaker's meaning.
In "Utterer's Meaning, Sentence Meaning, and Word-Meaning" (1968), Grice's basic idea was that the timeless meaning of a form of words may be defined in terms of what speakers of the language have it in their "repertoire" to do by means of that form of words.
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 Better in the Long Run   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Her research has shed light on a disturbing trend: the quasi-religious role that work now plays in the lives of many Americans, a role that is by and large boding ill for our health.
Meaning gives people hope that the world is, at its essence, a good place.
For many of the intellectual elite, the philosophy of science is a substitute, an alternative source of meaning that supplants organized religion.
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 Machines and the Mind   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Rapaport adheres to the idea of ‘holistic, conceptual-role semantics’ which he takes roughly to mean that the meaning of a concept is merely its relationships to other concepts or to sensory data.
This type of meaning is holistic because of the large degree of interactivity between concepts and is characterized as conceptual-role because the roles that concepts play in relation to one another define the meanings of the concepts.
Because holistic, conceptual-role meaning does not depend on being related in a causal manner to the external world, it may seem that the system’s meaning cannot be but dependent, in some way, on external considerations.
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He inscribed the true object of worship, the Gohonzon, for the observation of one's mind and established the invocation of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo as the universal practice to attain enlightenment.
Muhengyo literally means no boundary and represents eternity, one of the four virtues of the Buddha's life.
Kanoe-ne means "Year of the Yang (element of) Metal and the Rat" the thirty-seventh year of the sixty-year calendar cycle.
www.sgi-usa.org /buddhism/library/Nichiren/Gohonzon/meaning.htm   (5277 words)

 Meaning and the Problem of Universals
This means that the ghostly skeletons of the Platonic Forms, brought down to earth by Aristotle, and uncomfortably inhabiting the transient individuals that we perceive, can be eliminated.
The theory of universals also gives us the theory of meaning, since meaning consists of abstract properties, so that meaning is also an artifact of the forms of necessity, both the meaning of words and the meaning of things -- of life and the world.
Deeper issues of meaning, both for the ultimate significance of matters of value and for religious questions, concern other aspects of Friesian metaphysics and epistemology.
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 Organizational Profile: The International Network on Personal Meaning   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Another impetus for launching the INPM was the observation that the grassroots quest for meaning and spirituality was outstripping psychological research in this vital area.
The keynote speakers include: Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and Director of the Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence; psychologist Howard Gardner of Harvard University; Donald Meichenbaum, a psychologist at the University of Waterloo; and Mary Pipher, University of Nebraska psychologist and author of Reviving Ophelia.
Meaning is often a matter of life and death.
www.meaning.ca /articles/profile_apa_mar02.htm   (540 words)

 Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations
According to Wittgenstein, the meaning of a word is not what is referred to, or designated by, by that word, but is the use which the word has as an element of language.
The meaning of words in a private language may not be the same as the meaning of words in a common language.
Understanding of the meaning of words may also depend on what is meant by the term "understanding." Meaning may be understood, but understanding (as an act of knowledge) may itself have meaning.
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 Sorites-Meaning Realism
Meaning Nihilism: It consists in the denial of the first thesis and, as a consequence, it implies the denial of both the second one and the third one.
That interpretation of "truth by virtue of the meaning" would call for a so special property of statements, a special link SL between their meanings and their truth values, that it is not easy to imagine how we could appeal to such a property, if it exists at all, in relation to our actual languages.
Because meaning has that plural and heterogeneous character, it is so questionable the existence of a special link able to institute the analyticity that some philosophers are looking for out of the mere links that, in fact, can exist among meanings and truth values in the cases where the truth is fixed once meanings are.
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 New Age: re: meaning of life
In other words the meaning of life may be patently obvious, and it is we who are blind to it because of the continous but blind assumptions of our existence that separates us from life and its meaning.
Most religions are based within the consideration of our deaths, meaning that as living beings we fear the unknown and do not want to have an end to our experiencing, but this also means that most religions adopt a “hopeful stance” which is the emotive bedrock of all belief methodologies.
The meaning behind this simple moment is a Felt-Recognition, or even a Re-Cognition, or in other words, it is an understanding that is not merely a mentalization of experience, but an actual felt understand in experience, and in that sense it is word-less.
en.allexperts.com /q/New-Age-3270/re-meaning-life-3.htm   (3776 words)

 MEANING: Developing Multilingual Web-scale Language Technologies
MEANING will be concerned with automatically collecting and analysing language data from the WWW on a large scale, and building more comprehensive multilingual lexical knowledge bases to support improved word sense disambiguation (WSD).
MEANING will develop concept-based technologies and resources through large-scale knowledge processing over the web, robust and fast machine learning algorithms, very large lexical resources and novel strategies for combining them.
Meaning is supported by the IST Programme of the European Union (project no. IST-2001-34460).
www.lsi.upc.es /~nlp/meaning/meaning.html   (293 words)

 What is the meaning of life?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
On the other hand, people who express the belief that the meaning of life is to "love and be loved", or "promote cooperation and togetherness" are expressing the importance of our social needs, which are another component of fitness.
Indeed, if "meaning" is seen in the restricted sense of a fixed, external purpose, then life has no meaning.
In that sense, the present answer also encompasses the answers of those people who state that the meaning of life is "a personal choice", "to be found within oneself", or even "to ask the question 'What is the meaning of life?'".
pespmc1.vub.ac.be /MEANLIFE.html   (1162 words)

 How to Be a Meaning Holist - Eric Lormand
It would also mean that such disagreement never occurs, since for a mind to believe that p at one time and to believe that not-p at another time, presumably it must have the ability to represent that p at both times.
Meaning holism seems committed to the claim that if two languages or minds differ semantically at all, they differ everywhere, in the sense that they cannot have any representations that share meaning.
So holism threatens to lead to meaning instability, and (according to the all-or-none considerations to be developed in sections 3 and 4) inferential role semantics threatens to lead to holism.
www-personal.umich.edu /~lormand/phil/meaning/holism.htm   (9277 words)

 MEANING: Developing Multilingual Web-scale Language Technologies
MEANING will use state of the art NLP techniques pioneered by the consortium to enhance EuroWordNet with mainly language-independent lexico-semantic (concept) information.
MEANING will also develop a Multilingual Central Repository to maintain compatibility between wordnets of different languages and versions, past and new.
MEANING will also produce a semantically annotated corpus for each wordnet word sense, that is, a Multilingual Web corpus with semantically annotated corpora containing concept and domain labels.
www.lsi.upc.es /~nlp/projectes/meaning.html   (1103 words)

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