Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Widening'
- an increase in width [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
- a part of a road that has been widened to allow cars to pass or park [syn: turnout]
- the act of making something wider [syn: broadening] [ant: narrowing]
- Widen \Wid"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Widened; p. pr. & vb. n.
To make wide or wider; to extend in breadth; to increase the
width of; as, to widen a field; to widen a breach; to widen a
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Widening'
Semantic change, also known as semantic shift or semantic progression describes the evolution of word usage — usually to the point that the modern meaning is radically different from the original usage. In diachronic (or historical) linguistics, semantic change is a change in one of the meanings of a word. Every word has a variety of senses and connotations which can be added, removed, or altered over time, often to the extent that cognates across space and time have very different meanings. The study of semantic change can be seen as part of etymology, onomasiology, semasiology and semantics.
A number of classification schemes have been suggested for semantic change. The most widely accepted scheme in the English-speaking academic world is from Bloomfield (1933):
However, the categorization of Blank (1998) has gained increasing acceptance:[See more about Widening at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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