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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Mean  \Mean\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Meant};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Meaning}.]  [OE.  menen,  AS  m[=ae]nan  to  recite,  tell 
  intend,  wish;  akin  to  OS  m[=e]nian  to  have  in  mind,  mean  D. 
  meenen,  G.  meinen,  OHG.  meinan,  Icel.  meina,  Sw  mena,  Dan. 
  mene,  and  to  E.  mind.  ?.  See  {Mind},  and  cf  {Moan}.] 
  1.  To  have  in  the  mind,  as  a  purpose,  intention,  etc.;  to 
  intend;  to  purpose;  to  design;  as  what  do  you  mean  to  do 
  What  mean  ye  by  this  service  ?  --Ex.  xii.  26. 
  Ye  thought  evil  against  me  but  God  meant  it  unto 
  good.  --Gen.  1.  20. 
  I  am  not  a  Spaniard  To  say  that  it  is  yours  and  not 
  to  mean  it  --Longfellow. 
  2.  To  signify;  to  indicate;  to  import;  to  denote. 
  What  mean  these  seven  ewe  lambs  ?  --Gen.  xxi. 
  Go  ye  and  learn  what  that  me?neth.  --Matt.  ix 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Meaning  \Mean"ing\,  n. 
  1.  That  which  is  meant  or  intended;  intent;  purpose;  aim 
  object;  as  a  mischievous  meaning  was  apparent. 
  If  there  be  any  good  meaning  towards  you  --Shak. 
  2.  That  which  is  signified,  whether  by  act  lanquage; 
  signification;  sence;  import;  as  the  meaning  of  a  hint. 
  3.  Sense  power  of  thinking.  [R.]  --  {Mean"ing*less},  a.  -- 
  {Mean"ing*ly},  adv 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  rich  in  significance  or  implication;  "a  meaning  look"; 
  "pregnant  with  meaning"  [syn:  {meaning(a)},  {pregnant}, 
  n  1:  the  message  that  is  intended  or  expressed  [syn:  {significance}, 
  {signification},  {import}] 
  2:  the  idea  that  is  intended;  "What  is  the  sense  of  this 
  proverb?"  [syn:  {sense},  {substance}] 

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