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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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Ants appear to be able to communicate a certain amount of information by means of their antennae.
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.
'Would you tell me, please,' said Alice 'what that means?'
When Simonides said that the repayment of a debt was justice, he did not mean to include that case?
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?" This of course was a very stupid question, for feeling could not have answered the purpose; but I asked with the view of irritating the Monarch, and I succeeded perfectly.
But Orlando, though in tears himself (so Rosalind averred), had a higher sense of their duty to their ideal, and was able, though in tears, to beg her look beyond the moment, and realise what a little self-denial now might mean in the years to come.
This, notwithstanding all the care she took at other times to express the direct contrary to Mrs Blifil, perhaps offended that delicate lady, who certainly now hated Mrs Wilkins; and though she did not, or possibly could not, absolutely remove her from her place, she found, however, the means of making her life very uneasy.
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.
'I said,' was the reply, made with that former gleam of determination, 'that I would find her out by any means, fair or foul.
Many good matters, are undertaken with bad minds; I mean not only corrupt minds, but crafty minds, that intend not performance.
What did this mean? It meant that he had been living rightly, but thinking wrongly.
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."
"What does it mean? The child's dismissed his school."