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word | Definition of word in English by Oxford Dictionaries https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/word

Definition of word - a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence and typically.

SO, if a word has more than one meaning, according to the Nationally accepted bible for definitions...can it be a word ?

A quote i read, "Words are used to disquise the truth, rather than uncover it.

What is so troubling to me, there is no consisent definition across Dictionaries. especially when in some definitions, words like..."Usually, could...etc to attempt in assisting to define which does more damage"

closed as off-topic by Robusto, Hot Licks, Centaurus, GEdgar, Dan Bron Mar 8 at 2:29

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the OP is under a misapprehension about the use of the word "single" in the single definition of "word" given in the question. – Robusto Mar 8 at 0:59
  • A single word can have many meanings just as a single book can have many chapters, pages, and words in it. Also, the longest word in your title should be spelled definition. – Robusto Mar 8 at 1:00
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because its a rant. – Hot Licks Mar 8 at 1:05
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    Hot Licks..see the difficulity...(something like is used in your ans. How do you know its something like....This is important to me. the more youlook into it, the issue expands – james sydnor Mar 8 at 1:16
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    I think you're not willing to listen to the definition and try to understand it. – Hot Licks Mar 8 at 1:19
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When Isidore of Seville (560–636) was commissioned to write a dictionary of all knowledge, he was able to say that 'many philosophers asserted that all words had several meanings.' The technical term is polysemy, which came back into fashion around 1950 But since it almost goes without saying that words have multiple meaning, its use has declined.

polysemy: the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase. (Dictionary .com)

In the definition of 'word' which you quote single qualifies element. You have treated it as if the phrase is "single meaning" which is a fragment of the adjectival phrase "single meaningful."
There isn't a single, simple answer. There are three major attempts to answer your question each representing a lifetime's work. Here are just three definitions of word from a question on LingisticsSE linguistics.stackexchange.com/questions/27036/inventing-a-word.

1Words are basically what you'd find in a dictionary. Lance Pollard "Such as, calling them just "words", but that doesn't make sense." Why? 2 Words are just things you put spaces around ;) – curiousdannii "Words are just things you put spaces around" That's just one definition of a word and the worst one. That's the concept of a graphematic word which is useful when you want to count "words" of a text or are interested in spelling conventions. – tobiornottobi

You'll find many of the answers on that site are serious but not hard to understand.

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    Im looking for what the word means...not assumption and presumptions....Its ok not to know – james sydnor Mar 8 at 1:24
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    Try linguistics.stackexchange.com There are three major attempts to answer your question each representing a lifetime's work. – Hugh Mar 8 at 1:39
  • Thank You, Ill pass. I shouldnt have to. Everybodys using all these (words) and nobody can give me a simple answer. One thing cant mean two – james sydnor Mar 8 at 1:41
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    @jamessydnor - Hugh has given you the answer as clearly as one can hope for: In "single distinct meaningful element" you must take each blank-separated group of characters (ie, "word") separately. It is a single element, not a group. It is distinct -- separated in time or space from others. It is meaningful -- has a generally understood meaning, for most readers/listeners. If the element meets these criteria it's generally considered to be a "word". – Hot Licks Mar 8 at 2:19
  • When a question cant be answered, a member like Hot Licks will force you to accept his incompetence as authority. Feel free to close it, because the questioned was answered in its inability to be answered. and that TRUTH does not have to be valudated by your ingnorance. To highlight for future members Hot Licks's pitiful attempt to force what i should accept. refer to Hot Licks 20 hours ago – james sydnor Mar 8 at 23:39

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