item-n; 5 Senses

Sense Number 1: a unit or instance of a collection or list

Commentary: ITEM[+relation][+membership][+collection][+element][+abstract][+concrete] [+entity][+whole][+unit]
NOTE: the item belongs to a collection, group, class or list of things.
NOTE: the item is not a part of a structure (Sense 2) but a whole unit unto itself.
NOTE: is not interchangeable with 'detail' (Sense 2)

There are several major items on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting.
John checked each item off his shopping list as he made his purchases.
Many items in the store are on sale today at half price.
Some governors can veto line items in their state budgets.
An item of men's clothing was found in the women's locker room.
The following items may not be carried on board a commercial aircraft.
This 18th-century Dutch ceramic is a real collector's item.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3, 5

Sense Number 2: a small subordinate component of a larger structure

Commentary: ITEM[+entity][+structure][+component][+subordinate][+small][+detail]
NOTE: refers to a part of an integrated structure, not an independent thing on a list (sense 1)

There is one small item that he forgot to mention in the contract.
Her mother managed the wedding arrangements down to the smallest item. (the wedding has overall structure)
There are still some troubling unresolved items in the investigation of this murder. (how facts fit together)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a news story, a piece of data

Commentary: ITEM[+entity][+symbolic][+data][+story][+news]

It was a small item on last night's 11 o'clock news.
There was an item about Bob's new company in today's business section.
Some of the most interesting news items are on the back page of the newspaper.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 4: an entry in an accounting ledger

Commentary: ITEM[+entity][+symbolic][+data][+entry][+ledger][+accounting]

The items in the left column are liabilities and the items in the right column are assets.
The accountant failed to enter several items in the ledger last month.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b

Sense Number 5: a romantically entangled couple

Commentary: ITEM[+entity][+group][+couple][+romantic]

John and Mary were an item at work last year.
The actress and her personal trainer recently became an item according to a gossip columnist.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5