Definition of Rebus

1. Noun. A puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words.

Generic synonyms: Problem



Definition of Rebus

1. n. A mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations.

2. v. t. To mark or indicate by a rebus.

Definition of Rebus

1. Noun. A kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Rebus

1. a type of puzzle [n -ES]

Medical Definition of Rebus

1. Origin: L. Rebus by things, abl. Pl. Of res a thing: cf. F. Rebus. Cf. 3d things, abl. Pl. Of res a thing: cf. F. Rebus. Cf. 3d Real. 1. A mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations. A gallant, in love with a woman named Rose Hill, had, embroidered on his gown, a rose, a hill, an eye, a loaf, and a well, signifying, Rose Hill I love well. 2. A pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the name of the person to whom it belongs. See Canting arms, under Canting. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Rebus Pictures

Click the following link to bring up a new window with an automated collection of images related to the term: Rebus Images

Lexicographical Neighbors of Rebus

rebuketh
rebuking
rebukingly
rebulb
rebulbed
rebulbing
rebulbs
rebulite
rebullition
reburial
reburials
reburied
reburies
rebury
reburying
rebus (current term)
rebuses
rebuslike
rebut
rebutia
rebutias
rebuts

Literary usage of Rebus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"THE rebus. THE noblest object in the works of art, The brightest scene that Nature can impart, The well known signal in the time of peace, ..."

2. History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella by William Hickling Prescott (1885)
"De rebus Gestis, fol. 95. 4 From a letter of King Emanuel of Portugal, ... Gomez, De rebus Gestis, fol. 111. 11 To accommodate the Christians, ..."

3. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet (1842)
"... vero rebus, in quibus SDN ... prie- aliquo indicio rebus ipsis nostram vicissim tensa sibi bona tide ..."

4. La démocratie libérale by Thomas Hodgkin, Etienne Vacherot (1892)
"NOTE A. ON SOME OMITTED CHAPTERS or THE DE rebus ... themselves as to their early wanderings, is taken from the first four chapters of Jordanes' De rebus ..."

5. Italy and Her Invaders by Thomas Hodgkin (1892)
"... of what seem to be the traditions of the Goths themselves as to their early wanderings, is taken from the first four chapters of Jordanes' De rebus ..."

Other Resources Relating to: Rebus

Search for Rebus on Dictionary.com!Search for Rebus on Thesaurus.com!Search for Rebus on Google!Search for Rebus on Wikipedia!

Search