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Meaning of SELF

Pronunciation:  self

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  your consciousness of your own identity
  2. [n]  a person considered as a unique individual; "one's own self"
  3. [adj]  combining form; oneself or itself; "self-control"
  4. [adj]  used as a combining form; relating to--of or by or to or from or for--the self; "self-knowledge"; "self-proclaimed"; "self-induced"

SELF is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: ego, same
 See Also: anima, consciousness, human, individual, mortal, number one, person, somebody, someone, soul



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Self\, a.
    Having its own or a single nature or character, as in color,
    composition, etc., without addition or change; unmixed; as, a
    self bow, one made from a single piece of wood; self flower
    or plant, one which is wholly of one color; self-colored.
  2. \Self\, a. [AS. self, seolf, sylf; akin to OS. self,
    OFries. self, D. zelf, G. selb, selber, selbst, Dan. selv.
    Sw. sjelf, Icel. sj[=a]lfr, Goth. silba. Cf. {Selavage}.]
    Same; particular; very; identical. [Obs., except in the
    compound selfsame.] ``On these self hills.'' --Sir. W.
          To shoot another arrow that self way Which you did
          shoot the first.                         --Shak.
          At that self moment enters Palamon.      --Dryden.
  3. \Self\, n.; pl. {Selves}.
    1. The individual as the object of his own reflective
       consciousness; the man viewed by his own cognition as the
       subject of all his mental phenomena, the agent in his own
       activities, the subject of his own feelings, and the
       possessor of capacities and character; a person as a
       distinct individual; a being regarded as having
       personality. ``Those who liked their real selves.''
             A man's self may be the worst fellow to converse
             with in the world.                    --Pope.
             The self, the I, is recognized in every act of
             intelligence as the subject to which that act
             belongs. It is I that perceive, I that imagine, I
             that remember, I that attend, I that compare, I that
             feel, I that will, I that am conscious. --Sir W.
    2. Hence, personal interest, or love of private interest;
       selfishness; as, self is his whole aim.
    3. Personification; embodiment. [Poetic.]
             She was beauty's self.                --Thomson.
    Note: Self is united to certain personal pronouns and
          pronominal adjectives to express emphasis or
          distinction. Thus, for emphasis; I myself will write; I
          will examine for myself; thou thyself shalt go; thou
          shalt see for thyself; you yourself shall write; you
          shall see for yourself; he himself shall write; he
          shall examine for himself; she herself shall write; she
          shall examine for herself; the child itself shall be
          carried; it shall be present itself. It is also used
          reflexively; as, I abhor myself; thou enrichest
          thyself; he loves himself; she admires herself; it
          pleases itself; we walue ourselves; ye hurry
          yourselves; they see themselves. Himself, herself,
          themselves, are used in the nominative case, as well as
          in the objective. ``Jesus himself baptized not, but his
          disciples.'' --John iv. 2.
    Note: self is used in the formation of innumerable compounds,
          usually of obvious signification, in most of which it
          denotes either the agent or the object of the action
          expressed by the word with which it is joined, or the
          person in behalf of whom it is performed, or the person
          or thing to, for, or towards whom or which a quality,
          attribute, or feeling expressed by the following word
          belongs, is directed, or is exerted, or from which it
          proceeds; or it denotes the subject of, or object
          affected by, such action, quality, attribute, feeling,
          or the like; as, self-abandoning, self-abnegation,
          self-abhorring, self-absorbed, self-accusing,
          self-adjusting, self-balanced, self-boasting,
          self-canceled, self-combating, self-commendation,
          self-condemned, self-conflict, self-conquest,
          self-constituted, self-consumed, self-contempt,
          self-controlled, self-deceiving, self-denying,
          self-destroyed, self-disclosure, self-display,
          self-dominion, self-doomed, self-elected, self-evolved,
          self-exalting, self-excusing, self-exile, self-fed,
          self-fulfillment, self-governed, self-harming,
          self-helpless, self-humiliation, self-idolized,
          self-inflicted, self-improvement, self-instruction,
          self-invited, self-judging, self-justification,
          self-loathing, self-loving, self-maintenance,
          self-mastered, self-nourishment, self-perfect,
          self-perpetuation, self-pleasing, self-praising,
          self-preserving, self-questioned, self-relying,
          self-restraining, self-revelation, self-ruined,
          self-satisfaction, self-support, self-sustained,
          self-sustaining, self-tormenting, self-troubling,
          self-trust, self-tuition, self-upbraiding,
          self-valuing, self-worshiping, and many others.
Computing Dictionary

A small, dynamically typed object-oriented language, based purely on prototypes and delegation. Self was developed by the Self Group at sun microsystems laboratories, inc. and stanford university. It is an experimental exploratory programming language.

Release 2.0 introduces full source-level debugging of optimised code, adaptive optimisation to shorten compile pauses, lightweight threads within Self, support for dynamically linking foreign functions, changing programs within Self and the ability to run the experimental Self graphical browser under openwindows. Designed for expressive power and malleability, Self combines a pure, prototype-based object model with uniform access to state and behaviour. Unlike other languages, Self allows objects to inherit state and to change their patterns of inheritance dynamically. Self's customising compiler can generate very efficient code compared to other dynamically-typed object-oriented languages.

Version: 3.0 runs on sun-3 (no optimiser) and sun-4.


["Self: The Power of Simplicity", David Ungar <ungar@sun.eng.com> et al, SIGPLAN Notices 22(12):227-242, OOPSLA '87, Dec 1987].

Legal Dictionary
  1. defense - The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.
  2. incrimination, privilege against: - The constitutional right of people to refuse to give testimony against themselves that could subject them to criminal prosecution. The right is guaranteed in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution . Asserting the right is often referred to as "taking the Fifth."