ENTRY STRUCTURE: CORE SENSE AND SUBSENSES
Within each part of speech the first definition given is the core sense. This
represents the typical, central, or ‘core’ meaning of the word in modern
standard English. The core meaning is not necessarily the oldest meaning, nor
is it always the most frequent meaning, because figurative and extended senses
are sometimes the most frequent. It is the meaning accepted by native speakers
as the one which is most established as literal and central.
Each word has at least one core sense, which acts as a gateway to other,
related subsenses. The relationship between core sense and subsense is
indicated in the dictionary entry by the placing of the subsenses immediately
after the core sense, introduced by a solid arrow symbol.
Many entries have
more than one core sense. Each new core sense is introduced by a bold sense
number, and each may have its own related subsense or subsenses.