It is often said that definitions state the meaning of words. This is true, but
it is not exact. A word is merely a visual-auditory symbol used to represent a
concept; a word has no meaning other than that of the concept it symbolizes,
and the meaning of a concept consists of its units. It is not words, but
concepts that man defines—by specifying their referents.
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