When a dictionary entry for a word has many items, which of the following is more appropriate to use?
- the word has many meanings or
- the word has many senses
My impression is that the first is more common.
However, when talking about what is meant by such words, I have the impression it is more idiomatic to use like
- The word is used in the first sense
- The word is used in the sense ....
Am I correct about these? Or meaning/sense are interchangeable above?
Are there rules when to use meaning and when to use sense?