Memidex: Free online dictionary/thesaurus and more....
| Free Tools | Preferences | About | Contact | Index

polysemantic

Definition:

of words, having many meanings

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more polysemantic

Superlative:

most polysemantic

Similar to:

ambiguous

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references

Wiktionary:

polysemantic | polysemic [synonym] | polysemous [synonym]

Having multiple meanings. (3 of 4 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/polysemantic

Wikipedia:

Polysemy

the capacity for a sign or signs to have multiple related meanings, i.e., a large semantic field. It's usually regarded as distinct from homonymy, in which the multiple meanings of a word may be unconnected or unrelated. Charles Fillmore and Beryl... (41 of 1432 words, pronunciations)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Polysemy

Collins Dictionary:

polysemous | polysemy

[linguistics] (of a single word) having several meanings | the existence of several meanings in a single word (17 of 210 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/polysemous

Macmillan British Dictionary:

polysemous [linguistics] | polysemy [noun, uncountable, related]

a polysemous word has more than one meaning (8 of 38 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/polysemous

American Heritage Dictionary:

polysemous | polysemy [noun, related]

Having or characterized by many meanings (6 of 35 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/polysemous

Merriam-Webster:

polysemous | polysemic | polysemy [noun, related]

having multiple meanings (3 of 34 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/polysemous

Cambridge Dictionary:

polysemous | polysemy [noun, derived]

A polysemous word has more than one meaning | the fact of having more than one meaning (16 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/polysemous

New World Dictionary:

polysemy | polysemic [related]

the phenomenon of having or being open to several or many meanings (12 of 41 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/polysemy

Oxford Dictionary:

ambiguous | ambiguously [derived] | ambiguousness [derived]

open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning | not clear or decided (15 of 87 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/ambiguous

Random House Dictionary:

ambiguous

open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal. | [linguistics] (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; ... (17 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/ambiguous

Encarta Dictionary:

ambiguous

having more than one possible meaning or interpretation | causing uncertainty or confusion (12 of 131 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861585054​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

the Free Dictionary:

polysemantic

Audio: British English pronunciation of "polysemantic"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/polysemantic

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

polysemic

Audio: North American pronunciation of "polysemic"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=polys​01​v word=polysemic

Page last updated: 2013-06-26

Copyright © 2008-2013 Memidex