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hi,
can "a means of " make sence?
I looked up lots of dictionaries but found nothing!

the context is :
Thus  a label is a means  of  symbolically  referring  to  a  specific
statement.

thanks in advance
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A label is a way to symbolically...

Yes, "a means of" or "a means to" (both sound right to me) means "a way to."
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VanyatkaHi,

Cambridge Dic says "means" is plural, like scissors or pants
means (METHOD) plural noun
Hi Vanyatka

I don't have the least idea what the Cangridge Dictionary says about means, but I do know that it's both singular and plural:
one means to do it / of doing it
many means to do it / of doing it

GG is right, TMM.Emotion: smile

Cheers
CB
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Hi,

Cambridge Dic says "means" is plural, like scissors or pants
means (METHOD) plural noun

What is the matter with the leading indefinite article then, as in "a means of"?
Is it an idiom? But if we can single out one particular "means" of all available, then shouldn't it be countable?
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Cool BreezeI don't have the least idea what the Cangridge Dictionary says about means, but I do know that it's both singular and plural:
one means to do it / of doing it
many means to do it / of doing it

Hi CB,

I was wrong about Cambridge Dictionary, in fact all dictionaries give meansas plural noun Emotion: smile

AnonymousI was wrong about Cambridge Dictionary, in fact all dictionaries give meansas plural noun Emotion: smile
All dictionaries? I have no idea how many dictionaries there are. Here is one that gives a singular means as well:
http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definition/means

The Collins Dictionary (British) also gives the right information about means. It is even better than Webster's disciples but I don't think it is available online.

Cheers
CB