Des`ig*na"tion (?), n. [L. designatio: cf. F. d'esignation.]

1.

The act of designating; a pointing out or showing; indication.

2.

Selection and appointment for a purpose; allotment; direction.

3.

That which designates; a distinguishing mark or name; distinctive title; appellation.

The usual designation of the days of the week. Whewell.

4.

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. Locke.

 

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