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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun means:


The word means is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun means

What does means mean as a name of something?


  1. thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end
    • example: a means of control
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of means: agency / way
    • more generic words: effectuation / implementation = the act of implementing
    • more specific terms:
      • dint = interchangeable with `means' in the expression `by means of'
      • escape = a means or way of escaping
      • fast track = a rapid means of achieving a goal
      • instrument / tool = the means whereby some act is accomplished
      • road = a way or means to achieve something
      • stepping stone = any means of advancement
      • expedient = a means to an end
      • desperate measure = desperate actions taken as a means to an end
      • open sesame = any very successful means of achieving a result
      • salvation = a means of preserving from harm or unpleasantness
      • tooth = a means of enforcement
      • voice = a means or agency by which something is expressed or communicated
      • wings = a means of flight or ascent
  2. an instrumentality for accomplishing some end
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: instrumentality / instrumentation = an artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing some end
  3. considerable capital (wealth or income)
    • example: he is a man of means
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of means: substance
    • more generic word: capital = wealth in the form of money or property owned by a person or business and human resources of economic value
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun means


  1. [plurale tantum] Resources; riches.


Means was a Canadian Christian Post-hardcore/Melodic hardcore band from Regina, Saskatchewan.


"Means" is a musical album of Street Chant.

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"Means" is a book by Dennis Phillips & Peter Chambers.


Means is an unincorporated community in Menifee County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 460 and Kentucky Route 713, west of the city of Frenchburg, the county seat of Menifee County. Its elevation is 850 feet. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 40346.


  1. Means is a family name.
  2. Means: A way of doing something; how a result is obtained or an end is achieved.

Phrases with Means

Phrases starting with the word Means:

  1. means test
  2. Means-Test
  3. means grass
  4. Means-Tested
  5. Means of Exchange
  6. Means of Transport

Phrases ending with the word Means:

  1. Of Means
  2. by no means
  3. by all means
  4. man of means
  5. Syrphus Means
  6. Amphiuma means
  7. Coenosia Means
  8. ways and means
  9. Woman of Means
  10. Cheilosia Means
  11. Not by Any Means
  12. Independent Means
  13. by artificial means

Other phrase containing the word Means:

  1. By Means of

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Means

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Google previewBuilding Vocabulary from Word Roots Student Book Lv 5 (4c) (2007)

Grade 5 (4 Color Book) by Teacher Created Materials Staff

means means means 3. What would you call ...

Google previewThe Analysis of Covariance and Alternatives (2011)

Statistical Methods for Experiments, Quasi-Experiments, and Single-Case Studies by Bradley Huitema

In the case of a clean randomized design, the difference between adjusted means is an unbiased estimate of what the difference...

Google previewA dictionary of practical materia medica

by John Henry Clarke

< means " aggravation," " worse," or " increase." > means "amelioration," "better," or " decrease.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

At a minimum, a deception course of action will identify the deception objective, the deception target, the desired perception, the deception story, and tentative deception means. (JP 3-13.4) deception event — A deception means executed at a ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

In the teaching of the precursor of modern languages, the classics, the role of language was clear: it was the means of access to great texts. This tradition carried over into the construction of early language syllabuses: the emphasis was on ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of United States Intelligence (2014)

by Michael A. Turner

“National technical means” refers to the aggregate of technological methodologies for collecting intelligence information. Examples of national technical means are: intercepting diplomatic communications (signals intelligence—SIGINT), ...

Google previewTheological Dictionary of the Old Testament (2004)

by G. Johannes Botterweck, Helmer Ringgren

The verb qr' followed by /* means "name" and is usually followed by the name given (here Rahab). Since Idzo't is feminine, its antecedent must be Egypt in the preceding stich. But there "Egypt" is itself a gloss, and so the mention of Rahab ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

'All unicorns are black' means 'There are no non-black unicorns' , and so ...

Google previewThe Concise Encyclopedia of Communication (2015)

by Wolfgang Donsbach

a first model perceives new electronic media as a cost- effective means for direct decision-making via electronic voting. From this ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary (2011)

The Classic First Edition by H. W. Fowler, F. G. Fowler, David Crystal

means love (verb or ...

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Quotes about Means

The Divine wisdom has given us prayer, not as a means whereby to obtain the good things of earth, but as a means whereby we learn to do without them; not as a means whereby we escape evil, but as a means whereby we become strong to meet it. (Frederick William Robertson)
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Scrabble value of M3E1A1N1S1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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