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What is a sense?

 

Definition
 

In LinguaLinks, the word "sense" is used in two ways:

 
  1. In discussions about data storage and management,a sense is a structural part of a lexical entry. It contains the relevant semantic, grammatical, and anthropological information for a lexical unit.

    Examples:

    "add a sense to the entry"

    "delete the sense"

  2. In discussions about semantic analysis, a sense is the meaning of a lexical unit.

    Examples:

    "define each sense of the lexeme"

    "compare lexically related senses"


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