Definitions for: Name


[n] by the sanction or authority of; "halt in the name of the law"
[n] a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
[n] a defamatory or abusive word or phrase; "sticks and stones may break my bones but names can never hurt me"
[n] family based on male descent; "he had no sons and there was no one to carry on his name"
[n] a well-known or notable person; "they studied all the great names in the history of France"; "she is an important figure in modern music"
[n] a person's reputation; "he wanted to protect his good name"
[v] determine or distinguish the nature of a problem or an illness through a diagnostic analysis
[v] identify as in botany or biology, for example
[v] give or make a list of; name individually; give the names of; "List the states west of the Mississippi"
[v] mention and identify by name; "name your accomplices!"
[v] make reference to; "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"
[v] give the name or identifying characteristics of; refer to by name or some other identifying characteristic property; "Many senators were named in connection with the scandal"; "The almanac identifies the auspicious months"
[v] assign a specified, proper name to; "They named their son David"; "The new school was named after the famous Civil Rights leader"
[v] charge with a task or function; "appoint someone president"; "nominate a committee"
[v] charge with a function; charge to be; "She was named Head of the Committee"; "She was made president of the club"



Webster (1913) Definition: Name, n. [AS. nama; akin to D. naam, OS. & OHG. namo, G.
name, Icel. nafn, for namn, Dan. navn, Sw. namn, Goth.
nam[=o], L. nomen (perh. influenced by noscere, gnoscere, to
learn to know), Gr. 'o`mona, Scr. n[=a]man. [root]267. Cf.
Anonymous, Ignominy, Misnomer, Nominal, Noun.]
1. The title by which any person or thing is known or
designated; a distinctive specific appellation, whether of
an individual or a class.

Whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that
was the name thereof. --Gen. ii. 19.

What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any
other name would smell as sweet. --Shak.

2. A descriptive or qualifying appellation given to a person
or thing, on account of a character or acts.

His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
Peace. --Is. ix. 6.

3. Reputed character; reputation, good or bad; estimation;
fame; especially, illustrious character or fame; honorable
estimation; distinction.

What men of name resort to him? --Shak.

Far above . . . every name that is named, not only
in this world, but also in that which is to come.
--Eph. i. 21.

I will get me a name and honor in the kingdom. --1
Macc. iii. 14.

He hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin.
--Deut. xxii.
19.

The king's army . . . had left no good name behind.
--Clarendon.

4. Those of a certain name; a race; a family.

The ministers of the republic, mortal enemies of his
name, came every day to pay their feigned
civilities. --Motley.

5. A person, an individual. [Poetic]

They list with women each degenerate name. --Dryden.

Christian name.
(a) The name a person receives at baptism, as
distinguished from surname; baptismal name.
(b) A given name, whether received at baptism or not.

Given name. See under Given.

In name, in profession, or by title only; not in reality;
as, a friend in name.

In the name of.
(a) In behalf of; by the authority of. `` I charge you in
the duke's name to obey me.'' --Shak.
(b) In the represented or assumed character of. ``I'll to
him again in name of Brook.'' --Shak.

Name plate, a plate as of metal, glass, etc., having a name
upon it, as a sign; a doorplate.

Pen name, a name assumed by an author; a pseudonym or nom
de plume. --Bayard Taylor.

Proper name (Gram.), a name applied to a particular person,
place, or thing.

To call names, to apply opprobrious epithets to; to call by
reproachful appellations.

To take a name in vain, to use a name lightly or profanely;
to use a name in making flippant or dishonest oaths. --Ex.
xx. 7.

Syn: Appellation; title; designation; cognomen; denomination;
epithet.

Usage: Name, Appellation, Title, Denomination. Name
is generic, denoting that combination of sounds or
letters by which a person or thing is known and
distinguished. Appellation, although sometimes put for
name simply, denotes, more properly, a descriptive
term, used by way of marking some individual
peculiarity or characteristic; as, Charles the Bold,
Philip the Stammerer. A title is a term employed to
point out one's rank, office, etc.; as, the Duke of
Bedford, Paul the Apostle, etc. Denomination is to
particular bodies what appellation is to individuals;
thus, the church of Christ is divided into different
denominations, as Congregationalists, Episcopalians,
Presbyterians, etc.


Name, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Named; p. pr. & vb. n.
Naming.] [AS. namian. See Name, n.]
1. To give a distinctive name or appellation to; to entitle;
to denominate; to style; to call.

She named the child Ichabod. --1 Sam. iv.
21.

Thus was the building left Ridiculous, and the work
Confusion named. --Milton.

2. To mention by name; to utter or publish the name of; to
refer to by distinctive title; to mention.

None named thee but to praise. --Halleck.

Old Yew, which graspest at the stones That name the
underlying dead. --Tennyson.

3. To designate by name or specifically for any purpose; to
nominate; to specify; to appoint; as, to name a day for
the wedding.

Whom late you have named for consul. --Shak.

4. (House of Commons) To designate (a member) by name, as the
Speaker does by way of reprimand.

Syn: To denominate; style; term; call; mention; specify;
designate; nominate.

Synonyms: advert, appoint, bring up, call, cite, constitute, describe, diagnose, discover, distinguish, epithet, figure, gens, identify, identify, key, key out, list, make, mention, nominate, public figure, refer

See Also: alias, analyse, analyze, announce, anonym, appeal, appellation, appellative, assort, assumed name, author's name, baptise, baptize, brand, brand name, calumny, canvass, charge, christen, class, classify, cognomen, commend, company name, co-opt, cross-refer, defamation, denomination, denote, designation, determine, domain name, drag up, dredge up, dub, entitle, enumerate, eponym, establish, examine, explore, false name, family, family line, family name, first name, fix, folk, forename, found, given name, hatchet job, have in mind, hypocorism, important person, influential person, institute, invoke, itemise, itemize, kinfolk, kinsfolk, label, language unit, last name, limit, linguistic unit, marque, matronymic, mean, metronymic, middle name, misnomer, namedrop, nickname, nom de guerre, number, obloquy, pack, patronymic, personage, pet name, phratry, place name, plant, pseudonym, quote, raise, recite, remember, rename, rename, reputation, repute, sanction, separate, sept, set, signature, smear word, sort, sort out, speak of the devil, specify, study, style, surname, tag, term, think of, title, title, toponym, touch on, trade name, traducement, writer's name

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