Whether a word, a rock or a living being can have an apparent and a hidden meaning, a purpose or a defining context. Meaning depends on the context it is in even though sometimes meanings are taken on their own but without context it is taken out of its element, a tree without its roots. If you take a dried up old date seed, there is appreciation of the value of it but it too has a meaning, within it has the energy to bloom into a magnificent palm tree, a blueprint in one little seed. Meaning also exists in the universe on a larger scale though both take energy from a source in addition to the energy given to them,a root to a root to reach the Root, The One. There is meaning in all things.