all signs are polysemic, i.e. capable of having a range of possible meanings. The range of meanings is narrowed down by the context. A photographic image is inherently polysemic. Its meaning is anchored by accompanying text. -
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[n] - the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings
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lexical ambiguity noun the ambiguity of an individual word or phrase that can be used (in different contexts) to express two or more different meanings
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polysemy, polysemous 1. Having or characterized by many meanings. 2. The existence of several meanings for a single word or phrase. Learn more about polysemy and polysemous and how they apply to multiple words.
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Polysemy (i or i; from πολυ-, poly-, "many" and σῆμα, sêma, "sign") is the capacity for a sign (e.g., a word, phrase, etc.) or signs to have multiple meanings (sememes), i.e., a large semantic field. Charles Fillmore and Beryl Atkins’ definition stipulates three elements: (i) the variou...
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1) Ambiguity 2) Equivocalness 3) Lexical ambiguity
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