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- another term for semanteme
- ‘Semic analysis is an operation readers perform unconsciously when they identify in a text verbal derivations from a key word's semantic features, the semes.’
- ‘The seme of indebtedness attaches itself definitively to Peter in the board meeting where George is obliged to come to his defence.’
- ‘Bodies in motion, or why semes are more interesting than memes.’
- ‘As we know, any word corresponds to a sememe, a set of distinctive semantic features, the semes, whose relationships determine that word's meaning (for example, the semes human and female are components of the sememe woman).’
Mid 19th century: from Greek sēma ‘sign’.
Covered with small bearings of indefinite number (e.g. stars, fleurs-de-lis) arranged all over the field.‘semé of crosses flory’
- ‘When the number of charges exceeds six, they produce the appearance of a pattern and the field thus covered is called semé (sowing) or said to be powdered.’
- ‘As a result the municipality received on 10 Apr 1986 a new Coat of Arms: blue with a semé of silver blocks and charged with a lion rampant armed red, surmontée a yellow crown of three leaves and two pearls.’
Late Middle English: French, literally ‘sown’, past participle of semer.
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