|1.||the branch of linguistics that deals with the study of meaning, changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relationship between sentences or words and their meanings|
|2.||the study of the relationships between signs and symbols and what they represent|
|a. the study of interpretations of a formal theory|
|b. the study of the relationship between the structure of a theory and its subject matter|
|c. (of a formal theory) the principles that determine the truth or falsehood of sentences within the theory, and the references of its terms|
semantics se·man·tics (sĭ-mān'tĭks)
The study or science of meaning in language forms.
The study of the relationships between various signs and symbols and what they represent.
The scientific or philosophical study of the relations of words and their meanings.
Note: Semantics is commonly used to refer to a trivial point or distinction that revolves around mere words rather than significant issues: “To argue whether the medication killed the patient or contributed to her death is to argue over semantics.”