Thus there is more logical affinity between a word and what it means in the case of words of our present sort than in any other case.
It is not necessary, in order that a man should "understand" a word, that he should "know what it means," in the sense of being able to say "this word means so-and-so." Understanding words does not consist in knowing their dictionary definitions, or in being able to specify the objects to which they are appropriate.
'MUST a name mean something?' Alice asked doubtfully.
'I mean,' she said, 'that one can't help growing older.'
Or like shoemaking for the acquisition of shoes,--that is what you mean?
You mean when money is not wanted, but allowed to lie?
Of course, in the beginning, this cannot be effected except by means
of despotic inroads on the rights of property, and on the conditions of bourgeois production; by means
of measures, therefore,which appear economically insufficient and untenable, but which, in the course of the movement, outstrip themselves, necessitate further inroads upon the old social order, and are unavoidable as a means
of entirely revolutionising the mode of production.
Strictly speaking, ZUG means
Pull, Tug, Draught, Procession, March, Progress, Flight, Direction, Expedition, Train, Caravan, Passage, Stroke, Touch, Line, Flourish, Trait of Character, Feature, Lineament, Chess-move, Organ-stop, Team, Whiff, Bias, Drawer, Propensity, Inhalation, Disposition: but that thing which it does NOT mean--when all its legitimate pennants have been hung on, has not been discovered yet.
"It is correct," said the King, "so far as the numbers and sexes are concerned, though I know not what you mean
by 'right' and 'left'.
Upon this, Wilkins was immediately summoned; who having confirmed what the captain had said, was by Mr Allworthy, by and with the captain's advice, dispatched to Little Baddington, to inform herself of the truth of the fact: for the captain exprest great dislike at all hasty proceedings in criminal matters, and said he would by no means
have Mr Allworthy take any resolution either to the prejudice of the child or its father, before he was satisfied that the latter was guilty; for though he had privately satisfied himself of this from one of Partridge's neighbours, yet he was too generous to give any such evidence to Mr Allworthy.
What do I mean
? If my taking so much trouble to recover her does not mean
that I care for her, what does it mean
"Bill Starkey," continued John, "did not mean
to frighten his brother into fits when he dressed up like a ghost and ran after him in the moonlight; but he did; and that bright, handsome little fellow, that might have been the pride of any mother's heart is just no better than an idiot, and never will be, if he lives to be eighty years old.