polysemy

polysemy
['pɒlɪsi:mi, pə'lɪsɪmi]
noun Linguistics the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase.
Derivatives
polysemic adjective
polysemous adjective
Origin
C19: from poly- + Gk sēma 'sign'.

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  • polysemy — noun The ability of words, signs and symbols to have multiple meanings. [...] polysemy, which is the greedy habit some words have of taking more than one meaning for themselves. , [ …   Wiktionary

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  • polysemy — noun see polysemous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • polysemy — См. polisemìa …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • polysemy — polysemous, adj. /pol ee see mee, peuh lis euh mee/, n. diversity of meanings. [1895 1900; < NL polysemia, equiv. to LL polysem(us) with many significations ( < Gk polýsemos, equiv. to poly POLY + sêm(a) sign + os adj. suffix) + ia Y3] * * * …   Universalium

  • polysemy — The association of one word with a number of meanings. If these meanings are quite distinct the words are homonyms, but frequently there is a range of analogical uses (plain prose, plain sailing) suggesting that it is wrong simply to distinguish… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • polysemy —    Many meanings. From the Greek for many signs. (pr. pe lis se mee) Also see ambiguity …   Glossary of Art Terms

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