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 which have parts. --Locke.
n 1: identifying word or words by which someone or something is
called and classified or distinguished from others [syn:
appellation, denomination, appellative]
2: the act of putting a person into a non-elective position;
"the appointment had to be approved by the whole
committee" [syn: appointment, assignment, naming]
3: the act of designating or identifying something [syn: identification]