See also: semàntic
semantic (not comparable)
- Of or relating to semantics or the meanings of words. [from late 19th c.]
- (software design, of code) Reflecting intended structure and meaning.
- (slang, of a detail or distinction) Petty or trivial; (of a person or statement) quibbling, niggling.
of or relating to semantics or the meanings of words
- Semantic Web on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- “semantic” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin, 2000, →ISBN.
- “semantic” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "semantic" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.
- "Semantic code: What? Why? How?" in boagworld.
- semantic at OneLook Dictionary Search
semantic (plural semantics)
- (linguistics) In such writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a phono-semantic character that provides an indication of its meaning; contrasted with phonetic.
- 2005, Friedrich Alexander Bischoff, Yinglin Wang, San tzu ching explicated, the classical initiation to classic Chinese couplet I to XI, page 21:
- Its semantic is polysyllabic, viz. it uses the word formations of spoken Chinese.
- 2013, William S-Y. Wang, Love and War in Ancient China: Voices from the Shijing, page 25:
- In this particular case, the semantic is on the left of its host sinogram.
- 2017, Vladimir Skultety, Understanding Chinese Characters:
- The 亻(人) ren2 'person' semantic has been replaced by 氵(水) shui3 'water' semantic in浸, but帚 zhou3 'broom' has phonetically or semantically nothing to do with 浸 and is just a residue of 侵 after亻(人) ren2 'person' has been removed.
component of a phono-semantic compound that indicates meaning