Phrases with "meaning"

John Galsworthy It was impossible to discuss with his son the true nature and meaning of Bosinney’s defection. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Charles Dickens I had numbered very, very few when they ceased for ever, but before then their meaning had been revealed to me. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

H. G. Wells The meaning of these things dawned upon him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Thomas Hardy This thought and intention, occupying such length of words, flashed upon her in an instant, and hardly disturbed her strong curiosity to stay and learn the meaning of his actions in the workshop. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope When he declared that there should be ‘an end of it’ — meaning an end of the very system by which she hoped to perpetuate his power — she did not dare argue with him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I had gone meaning to help if anything went wrong at Mr. Lagune’s. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

And we’ve all got to the frightful stage when the lines have ceased to have any meaning at all for us. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang There was in Sanskrit, he says,155 a root ark, or arch, meaning ‘to be bright. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Aunt Lin’s warm and gracious little notes had as little actual meaning as her “Have you had a busy day, dear?” but they had the same cushioning effect on life. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Algernon Blackwood A moment later he knew the meaning of that curious tapping, for the rising wind was flinging tiny specks of sand against the glass. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

George Gissing What can it all mean?’ The meaning was not far to seek; Jane understood everything — yes, even her father’s hypocrisies. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Laputa fitted the key to the cipher, and the meaning was clear. Prester John by John Buchan

Robert Audley understood the meaning of that vivid blush. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Robert Green Ingersoll It takes the meaning out of the words father, mother, sister, brother, and turns the temple of love into a vile den where crawl the slimy snakes of lust and hatred. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

None knows better than this gentleman himself that love is just the thing he does not even care to understand; and to me, love, with the eternity of meaning the little word conveys, is all the world. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Willa Cather Triumphantly she brought out a map of the town — lost, she said with a meaning smile, by a German officer — on which the billets were marked. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

They were beginning to understand the meaning of union, of some sort of law, of the sacrifice of the will of each one to the good of the whole, when a new thing happened. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

Andrew Lang When this (the meaning of Κρονίδης as equivalent to Ancient of Days) ceased to be understood, . Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Without meaning it they would torment her, and she would be miserable. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Hardy The old man knew the meaning of this. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edgar Rice Burroughs Perry alone could have possibly guessed the meaning of the loud report or explained its connection with the sudden collapse of the Sagoth. The other gorilla-men halted for but an instant. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Virginia Woolf He explained his meaning no further. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope To Mary herself, as she made the journey, the same meaning seemed to be almost inevitable; and as she perceived this, she told herself that she had been wrong to leave home. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Party speeches were delivered, which clothed the question in cant, and veiled its simple meaning in a woven wind of words. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope He was deep in the crushing of quartz, and understood well the meaning of two ounces to the ton — that glittering boast by which Crinkett had at first thought to allure him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

He clung to the door, and whispered at his master — such a whisper: so loud, so cutting, so full of meaning and malice; it was like a serpent hissing at a man. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

M. P. Shiel I saw her glance once at the weapon, and then she fixed her eyes upwards upon my face: and now that same smile, which had disappeared, was on her lips again, meaning confidence, meaning disdain. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

His ideal was what he called ‘the real Catholic worship’— meaning unlimited incense, gilded images, and more Roman vestments. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

No one knew better than she the meaning of that heroism which each day requires. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

I didn’t perceive the meaning at first, and only looked at him. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

They wouldn’t bully me! There’s good stuff in the Gourlays,” he went on with a meaning look at Armstrong; “they’re not to be scoffed at. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope It was thus that the by-standers read the meaning of Billy’s smile. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Life had become a half-baked thing without Dinny to give it meaning and savour. Over the River by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Indeed, our knowledge of the true meaning of the Bible has increased with the growth of science, and naturally that must have been intended from the first. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Baldwin Spencer What, was the meaning of this we could not find out. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence It was like a bird’s singing, in that it had no human emotion or passion or intention or meaning — a ripple and poise of animate sound. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton The prosecuting counsel, springing up with theatrical indignation, demanded the meaning of this insinuation. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

George Meredith He does not sentimentalize over poor women, as we know who scorns people for doing:—and that is better than hardness, meaning kindly. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

T. E. Lawrence One room we had cleared, brushed out and disinfected, meaning to transfer into it the less ill cases, and do their room in turn. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I speired if I could do anything for her, and when she got my meaning she was terrible anxious to ken if I had seen a man—a big man, she said, wi’ a yellow beard. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Anthony Trollope She had owned to him — for, in truth, such had been the meaning of her warning to him — that, though she had married another man, she had loved and did love him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope In another, in an earlier chapter, he says “that the State,” meaning the city, “was disturbed by all this, and its appearance changed. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The Latin word peccatum, the Greek word amartia, are translated continually by the word sin; but neither one word nor the other has any such meaning in writers belonging to the pure classical period. The Theban Sphinx by Thomas De Quincey

Algernon Blackwood Into the images created by your own activities the meaning flows. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Radclyffe Hall He had come to Lynton meaning to remain a week, but now almost a fortnight had passed, and still he stayed. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling Then the crew began to call the ship’s boy a fool, meaning that the third mate was no better. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell If mortal gaze had never sought its meaning before, in the deep shadow where it had been placed long centuries ago, yet Ruth’s did now. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

I know,’ Laura would say sympathetically, meaning that she understood, and Polly would retort, ‘No, you don’t know. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mark Twain Jump out and he’p the gentleman, Adolphus”— meaning me, I see. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton Superficially their vocabularies were the same; below the surface each lost its meaning for the other. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

George Meredith It is a tussle for money with them as with us, meaning power. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Olaf Stapledon Art had no longer any meaning for them. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

This has the definite mechanical meaning of resisting separation, of sticking together; but Spencer plays fast and loose with this meaning. Memories and Studies by William James

D. H. Lawrence On a bit of paper in his jacket-pocket, the words which have no meaning in any language apparently, but are just vocal, almost animal sounds: the Seal Woman’s Song — this they had taken. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf She had not caught his meaning in the roar of the traffic. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Eliot With these thoughts he had sat down quietly to his work, meaning not to vex his soul by going to look on at things he would fain have made different if he could. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Meredith It seemed to flow with, and to pass in and out of, his thoughts, to be a part of his emotion and his meaning when it shone transiently full. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Robert Louis Stevenson She had no sooner understood her husband’s meaning than the red flew in her face. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

The third in the trio joined in, quite unaware of the secret meaning of the conversation. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen While considering her with these ideas, Betsey, at a small distance, was holding out something to catch her eyes, meaning to screen it at the same time from Susan’s. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Arthur Conan Doyle Only here and there, where some particularly brutal or grotesque incident caught the attention, did the mind come back with a sudden shock to the personal and human meaning of it all. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Gertrude Stein An earnest protection has some meaning and the same thing has the charge of the place of no exchange. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

On the first morning she began a little speech, meaning to take the children into her confidence: ‘Good morning, children. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He fathomed the meaning of every ditch, and formed an entire plan of the fortress from its half-obliterated lines. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

She listened eagerly to him, yet tantalized herself by giving to his words a meaning foreign to their true interpretation, and adverse to her hopes. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H. Rider Haggard Then he turned to Otter and rapidly explained to him the meaning of all that was being done. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

You wanted a good time; ‘they’, meaning the Party, wanted to stop you having it; you broke the rules as best you could. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

R. D. Blackmore My meaning is one which the ladies will gracefully enter into. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Victoria understood very well the meaning and the attractions of power and property, and in such learning the English nation, too, had grown to be more and more proficient. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Baldwin Spencer At Alice Springs they occasionally count, sometimes using their fingers in doing so, up to five, but frequently anything beyond four is indicated by the word oknira, meaning much or great. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She had heard the exclamation he had given vent to on first meeting Miss Gibson, but it had conveyed no meaning to her ears. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Margaret Oliphant You said you insulted Katie. I cannot think that it was your meaning to—insult me. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry James I attach no meaning to that, and neither do you. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

She says he’s SUCH A NICE man — meaning that he’s got plenty of money. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Baldwin Spencer The meaning of the ceremony is simply, so they say, to imply that the youth is intrusted to them for the purpose of being initiated, with as little hesitation as the dirt is placed in their hands. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Open the door: open the door, and let us see the meaning of this dreadful crime. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Gertrude Stein Please be capable of meaning to measure further. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Jack London Rest! I never before knew the meaning of the word. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

They sit, like Patience on a monument, smiling at grief, and no one reads the mournful meaning of that sad smile. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing With his daughter he spoke at length, in language which awed her by its solemnity; Nancy could only understand him as meaning that his end drew near. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Francis Bacon These matters, however, I touch but briefly, meaning to treat of them more fully and exactly when I come to the discovery of the Latent Process of things. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

The phrase ‘a Second Coming’ conveyed no meaning to their minds. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But he now looked stern and reproachful; and it was with that inauspicious meaning in his glance that Hollingsworth first met Zenobia’s eyes, and began his influence upon her life. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

They went to London together, meaning to sail for Jersey in a trading smack, which left the docks for that fertile island twice in a month. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Gissing Was this the meaning of his softened behaviour? Was he capable of calculated hypocrisy? That did not seem consistent with his character, as she knew it. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells The chief meaning no doubt was caution about myself, but much of it was just meaning at large. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

I questioned him to try if the word had any trace of a Christian meaning — for instance, a corruption of Jesu — but without success. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Margaret Oliphant I’m meaning just naething in a life like mine. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

In (5), words and meaning have almost parted company. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton I know that he used the word “gentleman” as meaning good man. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

The comparative absence of “character” in the higher and literary sense as contrasted with “character-parts“ in the technical meaning of the theatre has been admitted in the other books. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Foretelling, according to such a writer as Spencer, is the whole meaning of intelligence. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Meredith My only feeling was jealousy of the superior knowledge of the sex possessed by Temple, for I could not fathom the meaning of coquette; but he had sisters. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Read out such words as those before these men! Was she crazy? But how naturally at the conclusion did she with a word make its language seem consistent with the meaning I had given it. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

No animal in England knows the meaning of happiness or leisure after he is a year old. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Henry James That meaning was really that his situation remained quite sublimely consistent with itself, and that they absolutely, he and Charlotte, stood there together in the very lustre of this truth. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Know you the meaning of that? It is the noose the Devil makes for his next hunting. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Henry James Isabel read the meaning of it; she saw the poor girl had been vanquished. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Daniel Defoe The meaning of the word Devil is destroyer. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Wilkie Collins Now, no generous, trusting love blinded me to the real meaning of such events as these. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The meaning of bay is doubtful. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Thomas Hardy No man when he first becomes interested in a woman has any definite scheme of engagement to marry her in his mind, unless he is meaning a vulgar mercenary marriage. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe Its meaning seems simplicity itself. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Sigmund Freud We must content ourselves with recording the fact that such a meaning fits in quite extraordinarily well with the situation as a whole and with the programme laid down by the unconscious. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Henry David Thoreau A robust poor man, one sunny day here in Concord, praised a fellow-townsman to me, because, as he said, he was kind to the poor; meaning himself. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Mark Twain The king said the cubby would do for his valleymeaning me. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope She hesitated while she was weighing the meaning of his words, and taking them home to herself as her own. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

In the old meaning of fireplace, fire-back, or grate. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Ralph Waldo Emerson In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Oscar Wilde Their meaning is too obvious, and their method too clearly defined. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Gissing And in this year 1886, when two or three letters on the Irish Question appeared over his signature, few readers attached any meaning to the name. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

John Galsworthy He seemed to lend a meaning to life. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope I will not take it as meaning what it used to mean. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood On the big maps this deserted area is painted in a fluffy blue, growing fainter in color as it leaves the banks, and across it may be seen in large straggling letters the word Sumpfe, meaning marshes. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

G. K. Chesterton I suspected him of meaning why rather than how. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anna Katherine Green Whether it would also explain the meaning of her return at this time and the seemingly inexplicable change made in her daughter’s name while en route, must be left to our judgment. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

The road forks about there and I took the right-hand fork, meaning to make a detour round and come back to Binfield House on the road. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Gertrude Stein I do see a resemblance to Claire. Why in the nature of pleasing where there can be many tall representative not meaning to be still lining. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Thomas Carlyle If it do not succeed in meaning this, it means nothing. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

F. Scott Fitzgerald But reacting from the strain of this affair she had found relief in the company of young boys like Jerry Holt, who had the merit of meaning absolutely nothing in her life. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Willa Cather He was going away, and he would carry the whole countryside in his mind, meaning more to him than it ever had before. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. Nesbi On the bridge, however, Roberta felt quite safe, because she could look down on the canal, and if any boy showed signs of meaning to throw coal, she could duck behind the parapet. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Anthony Trollope Gerard was very awkward in conveying his meaning to his father. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Berkeley But it will be objected that, if there is no idea signified by the terms soul, spirit, and substance, they are wholly insignificant, or have no meaning in them. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Walter Besant Then he sat down and looked round him as one who is trying to understand the meaning of things. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

William Hope Hodgson As I came near to them, I caught two or three words; though I attached no meaning then to them. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Arnold Bennett As a rule the meals were taken hurriedly and negligently, like a religious formality which has lost its meaning but which custom insists on. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He felt her foot under the table, meaning to imprint a delicate caress upon it, and only succeeded in treading on her toe. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf He knew the meaning of the world, he said. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

We may take each word in, yet not understand the sentence; but if suddenly the meaning of the whole sentence flashes, the sense of each word is taken up into that whole meaning. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells He halted, he went back, he repeated himself several times; but she gathered his meaning together. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Then at length, Somali fashion, the true meaning of his unwelcome visit transpired. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Jules Verne The wind blew from the north, and it was not long before the travellers learned the meaning of a squall upon the lake. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Without meaning it on either side their heads drew nearer together; their cheeks, then their lips, touched. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell Jeremiah returned the look with the same meaning in it. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Anthony Trollope He came up close to her, meaning to kiss her if she would let him; but she stood aloof, and merely touched his hand. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

And we must proceed to inquire what is the real meaning of the word “contemporaneous” as employed by geologists. Geological contemporaneity and persistent types of life by Thomas Henry Huxley

I shall make old Dill explain his meaning for observing a mystery over it to me. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

James Joyce So entire and unquestionable was this sense of the divine meaning in all nature granted to his soul that he could scarcely understand why it was in any way necessary that he should continue to live. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jane Austen While he stood, as if meaning to go, but not going — her father began his inquiries. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Trollope This was the meaning of that saying of Crassus, that a man could not be considered rich till he could keep an army in his own pay. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Meredith She would ask for the meaning of the gift of beauty to the woman, making her desireable to those two men, making her a cause of strife, a thing of doom. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In his younger days he had practically learned the meaning of persecution from Archbishop Laud, and he was not now disposed to forget the lesson against which he had murmured then. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

I took it out and opened it, meaning to wire it from the first station we stopped at. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is one of the charms of untrammelled life that the clock has no meaning for us. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

It was to the post office in the little village about a mile away she was meaning to go. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Wilkie Collins This person,” says he, meaning me, “this person will stay in the room till I can send for the necessary assistance. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Rafael Sabatini It became necessary to explain to the ignorant but immensely relieved Mr Lessingham the exact meaning of the term ‘security’. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens The child looked frightened, but seemed not to understand him, which Mr Quilp observing, hastened to make his meaning more distinctly. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Anthony Trollope There might be those who regard the letters as philosophical, and those who would so speak of the essays; but their meaning would be diametrically opposite. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope The meaning of that is, that if a girl is doomed to have a dull life she had better not begin it with a little pleasure. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore As nice a young partner as a lad could want, and his meaning was to buckle to for the winter. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Plorate. Plaudite.’ It is Latin, and the meaning is, ‘Here are ruins, fatal beauty, a dead heart, the slimy tongue of the demon, a traitor finger, now ashes of gehenna. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Algernon Blackwood But the whole body of meaning in the old Egyptian symbolism rushed over him with a force that shook his heart. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Olaf Stapledon Among the teachers, as in all walks of life, Paul found that, though some were indeed pioneers of the new world-order, many were almost entirely blind to the deeper meaning of their task. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

A number of times she edged closer to him, meaning to take his arm, but he edged away from her; and so they walked abreast with almost the width of the road between them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Aurora lifted her head from her husband’s breast, and looked wonderingly into his face, utterly unable to guess the meaning of these broken sentences. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Louis Pasteur We have already explained the meaning of this last expression. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Gertrude Stein A capable curtain is not used and the meaning of this is that protection on both sides is protection everywhere. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Tobias Smolle The young Count, surprised at this address, rejected his offer with disdain, and desired to know the meaning of such an unexpected declaration. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

F. Scott Fitzgerald This, had there been stags, would have been a delicate tribute to the girl, meaning “Damn you, don’t cut in!” It was very consciously intimate. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Leon Trotsky Has the Central Committee sufficient character and firmness?” The meaning of the above lines is quite obvious. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing The innocent Patty (was she so innocent?) seemed not to suspect the meaning of her friend’s talk. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

A lady had alighted from her carriage to ask or, rather, command him to get up a team to play ‘the young gentlemen’, meaning her sons, on holidays from school, and a few of their friends. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

It was likely enough, indeed, that the Dorings’ had honestly forgotten, meaning no harm; it was even possible that he himself had mistaken the date. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Sigmund Freud After three or four attempts I finally succeeded in grasping the meaning of this dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope Nobody could look at him without seeing that there was a purpose and a meaning in his countenance. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

I’m a friend of Ivery and I know the meaning of this place. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope In fact, there are too many of them, till the reader is driven to tell himself that the meaning of it all is that Adam’s family is from first to last a family of snobs. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Edith Wharton They’ve lost their meaning . New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

George Meredith Impetuous with meaning, she forced her way to get her meaning out, in a manner effective to strike her blow. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Ford Madox Ford Transport! There was another meaning to the word. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Now, this is a charge which I am not here meaning to discuss. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

So he went to a door opposite, and at right angles to the farthest window, meaning to open it and inquire after her: lo and behold he found this was a knob without a door. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

If his father should find him playing truant! “Yes; did ye no ken he was in Skeighan? We come up thegither by the ten train, and are meaning to gang hame by this. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Margaret Oliphant It did not flash upon him yet what that meaning might be; but his pulses leapt with a prescient thrill of some tempest or earthquake about to fall. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Wilkie Collins I tried to find out why I had said Yes. I don’t remember being conscious of meaning anything. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

It’s things that happen in the waking world, while one is asleep, that one would be glad to know the meaning of. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Wilkie Collins I listened, sir, to what I oughtn’t to have heard; and I told it again (I’m sure in the strictest confidence, and not meaning anything wrong) to the person I’ve mentioned. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Henry James You give it a meaning of your own; you enjoy the profit of your invention; it’s no more than just that you should pay the penalty. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

There is no greater insult to a man, than to point at him with two fingers, meaning that he is a twin; of course he is not one, or he would have been killed at birth. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Felix’s stinging words and mocking smile had no meaning for him. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Schopenhauer I am not referring here to the physical connection between these two things lying in the realm of experience; my meaning is metaphysical. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Charles Dickens Alice went up, rather than seem to have affixed too much meaning to his words. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

John Ruskin Three of the clearest in meaning have been already noticed. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

You know the meaning of the word psychometry?” She shook her head. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Meaning No. I may or may not carry with it meaning No. 2, and meaning No. 2 almost invariably carries with it meaning No. 3. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Suddenly it was quite useless attempting to pray; her lips moved, but there was neither heart nor meaning in her prayers. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Francis Bacon These particulars are for the climate of London; but my meaning is perceived, that you may have ver perpetuum, as the place affords. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Arnold Bennett Tell me frankly what has been going on between you and Mr. Povey. I have never understood the meaning of that scene in the cutting-out room. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Theodore Dreiser I was talking to Terrence Relihan, who represents them up there”— meaning Harrisburg, the State capital —“and he says they won’t stand for it at all. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Bronislaw Malinowski It will be possible, too, to give a more precise meaning to the word “proprietorship”; and to see in what sense land may be possessed or claimed by the Australian blacks. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

John Locke This, well considered, would resolve this matter, and show my meaning without any more ado. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

D. H. Lawrence She managed to find some meaning in his struggling, abstract speeches. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Coincidences meaning nothing, though a man have a monopoly of the disease for weeks or months; or cause and effect, the cause being in some way connected with the person; this is the question. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I can put it all together, and make out the meaning of it. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton At first her words conveyed no meaning to him; then his heart gave a dizzy drop. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The writer either has a meaning and cannot express it, or he inadvertently says something else, or he is almost indifferent as to whether his words mean anything or not. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

There was no meaning in his First Coming unless it is His intention to return. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

The more I thought of it, the more I seemed to feel that there was in it some deeper meaning than I, in my confusion, had observed at the time. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards