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Translation of DefinedMeaning


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A DefinedMeaning is a combination of an Expression and a Definition;
an Expression being a given graphic form (Spelling) associated with a given Language; and a Definition being the concept expressed by this Expression restated in one or several sentences.
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A DefinedMeaning is a table in the OmegaWiki database. For the OmegaWiki project to work properly, people HAVE to understand what a defined meaning is and how it works.

DefinedMeaning を作る[edit]

DefinedMeaning (DM) はExpressionの出発点となります。DM は一つないしいくつかの文で言い現される概念、つまり定義を説明するものです。DefinedMeaning はいかなる言語からでも開始することができます。最初のExpressionと最初の定義は編集ページにおいて別に表示されます。

Creating the DefinedMeaning[edit]

A DefinedMeaning (DM) takes an Expression as a starting point, and explains the (or one of the) concepts expressed by this expression in one or several sentences; the Definition. A DefinedMeaning can be started from any Language, and the First Expression and First Definition will be marked or shown aside on the edit page.

Translation of Definition[edit]

To a DefinedMeaning may be attached Translated Definitions, that is a translation adhering as closely as possible to the concept as described by the First Definition. Ideally all Translated Definitions should be translations directly from the First Definition to minimize semantic drift, though most likely in practice this will not always be the case.

Expressing the Definition[edit]

To a DefinedMeaning may be attached other Expressions, which may be in any Language including the Language associated with the DefinedMeaning. Expressions attached to a DefinedMeaning should express the concept defined by the Definition, they should not be translations of the First Expression.

There may be several Expressions from the same Language (i.e., synonyms). Each such match between an Expression and a Definition may be marked as being a good match or not; i.e, if the Expression adequately covers the given concept semantically and/or stylistically.

If the match between a secondary Expression and a Translated Definition for the same Language is good there is no need to add another DefinedMeaning to express that particular concept for the Expression again.

If the match is not good, the combination of the Expression and the Definition may be thought of as an ApproximatedMeaning; and there is a need for a separate DefinedMeaning that does better justice to the Expression in question. It is crucial to not modify the TranslatedDefinition to better match the Expression for the given language, since this will lead to semantic drift. If the Definition does a poor job of expressing the concept of the Expression, another DefinedMeaning should be created, the original should be kept.

The Expression might very well express other concepts and need to be associated with other Definitions to form other DefinedMeanings.


DefinedMeanings may be related to other DefinedMeanings, and the relationship may be classified as for example a narrower term, broader term, part of theme etc. The exact set of classifications that will be used is not yet finalized.

Browsing the data[edit]

There are two ways in which you will be able to browse the data; you can enter a word in the search box; this will get you your information when it is there. The other way is by finding relations from one DefinedMeaning to another. For this relations have to be entered.

An example[edit]

The word German refers in the English definition to a person of German nationality. It translates both to Deutscher and Deutsche. These are however defined as a man of German nationality, and woman of German nationality, respectively. All three DefinedMeanings are required, the German and English words do not have identical meanings.