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Synonyms for means

Synonyms for means

an instrumentality for accomplishing some end

considerable capital (wealth or income)

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The word "Napoleon" means a certain individual; but we are asking, not who is the individual meant, but what is the relation of the word to the individual which makes the one mean the other.
Thus in the case of a proper name, while the word is a set of similar series of movements, what it means is a series of occurrences bound together by causal laws of that special kind that makes the occurrences taken together constitute what we call one person, or one animal or thing, in case the name applies to an animal or thing instead of to a person.
BRILLIG" means four o'clock in the afternoon--the time when you begin BROILING things for dinner.
I mean,' she said, 'that one can't help growing older.
When Simonides said that the repayment of a debt was justice, he did not mean to include that case?
You mean that the return of a deposit of gold which is to the injury of the receiver, if the two parties are friends, is not the repayment of a debt,--that is what you would imagine him to say?
Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labour of others by means of such appropriation.
Now there is that troublesome word VERMA"HLT: to me it has so close a resemblance--either real or fancied--to three or four other words, that I never know whether it means despised, painted, suspected, or married; until I look in the dictionary, and then I find it means the latter.
And have you no means of checking frauds of this kind by commanding your neighbouring subjects to feel one another?
What women mean by "trusting" might afford a subject for an interesting disquisition.
He was one day engaged with Mr Allworthy in a discourse on charity: in which the captain, with great learning, proved to Mr Allworthy, that the word charity in Scripture nowhere means beneficence or generosity.
With Venetian mystery I seek those No Thoroughfares at night, glide into them by means of dark courts, tempt the schoolmaster to follow, turn suddenly, and catch him before he can retreat.
I was in the mean time printing the material of Venetian Life and the Italian Journeys in a Boston newspaper after its rejection by the magazines; and my literary life, almost without my willing it, had taken the course of critical observance of books and men in their actuality.
Many good matters, are undertaken with bad minds; I mean not only corrupt minds, but crafty minds, that intend not performance.
But if you think I am hard on the boy I will try to give him a good word to-morrow -- that is, I mean if Beauty is better.