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meanings of denotation


  1. Something signified or referred to; a particular meaning of a symbol.
  2. The primary, surface, literal, or explicit meaning of a signifier such as a word, phrase, or symbol; that which a word denotes, as contrasted with its connotation; the aggregate or set of objects of which a word may be predicated.
  3. Any mathematical object which describes the meanings of expressions from the languages, formalized in the theory of denotational semantics.
  4. The intension and extension of a word.
  5. The act of denoting, or something (such as a symbol) that denotes.
  6. A first level of analysis: what the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor.