Des`ig*na"tion (?), n. [L. designatio: cf. F. d'esignation.]
The act of designating; a pointing out or showing; indication.
Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment; direction.
That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation.
The usual designation of the days of the week.
Use or application; import; intention; signification, as of a word or phrase.
Finite and infinite seem . . . to be attributed primarily, in their first designation, only to those things have parts.
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