See also: sémème

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From Ancient Greek σημαίνω (sēmaínō, I signify, I mean), modelled on morpheme. See also -eme and   Emic unit on Wikipedia.Wikipedia .

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sememe (plural sememes)

  1. (linguistics) The smallest unit of meaning; especially, the meaning expressed by a morpheme.
    Coordinate terms: chereme, chroneme, grapheme, lexeme, listeme, morpheme, phoneme, taxeme, toneme
    • 1995, Louise Schleiner, Cultural Semiotics, Spenser, and the Captive Woman, Lehigh University Press, page 71:
      Any given word of a natural language in its shared acceptations represents a seme, sememe, or set of sememes, but the profile that we can compile as representing the shared elements in a list of synonymous and parasynonymous words is an artificial construct, an instance of meta-language, thus called a constructed sememe.
    • 2007, Edward H. Y. Lim, Raymond S. T. Lee, “iJADE Infoseeker: On Using Intelligent Context-Aware Agents for Retrieving and Analyzing Chinese Web Articles”, in Raymond S. T. Lee, Vincenzo Loia, editors, Computational Intelligence for Agent-based Systems, Springer, page 138:
      Since sememes are enhanced in the sememe network (as shown in Fig. 3), both a topic and an article analysis can rely on the sememe network instead of explicit term matching.
    • 2014, Jia-Fei Hong, Verb Sense Discovery in Mandarin Chinese—A Corpus based Knowledge-Intensive Approach, Springer, page 58:
      HowNet organizes all the sememes into several trees, and each sememe is considered a node of a tree.

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