Definition of Symbol

1. Noun. An arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance.




2. Noun. Something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible. "The eagle is a symbol of the United States"

Definition of Symbol

1. n. A visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.

2. v. t. To symbolize.

Definition of Symbol

1. Noun. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object. ¹

2. Noun. Any object, typically material, which is meant to represent another (usually abstract) even if there is no meaningful relationship. ¹

3. Noun. (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form refers to the same entity independently of the context; a symbol arbitrarily denotes a referent. See also icon and index. ¹

4. Noun. A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith. ¹

5. Noun. Visible traces or impressions, made using a writing device or tool, that are connected together and/or are slightly separated. Sometimes symbols represent objects or events that occupy space or things that are not physical and do not occupy space. ¹

6. Verb. To symbolize ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Symbol

1. to serve as a symbol (a representation) of [v -BOLED, -BOLING, -BOLS or -BOLLED, -BOLLING, -BOLS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Symbol

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symbions
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Literary usage of Symbol

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

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Generally speaking the letters comprising the symbol are taken from the English name of the element; but in some instances, specially in the cases of metals ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"(5) The less any Church was influenced by the Roman, the more did its symbol differ from the shorter Roman. The symbols of the Gallican Church differ ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The triangle itself is said to be a symbol of the Blessed Trinity; ... It may happen that the symbol becomes divested of its material meaning and that the ..."

4. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The broad lower end of the symbol is rather an accidental pit in the stone than ... It is hard to decide why Latin adopted the g-symbol with the value of k, ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"H The eighth symbol in the Phoenician alphabet, as in its descendants, ... In these the symbol lakes the form of two rectangles Q out of which the ordinary ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Generally speaking the letters comprising the symbol are taken from the English name of the element; but in some instances, specially in the cases of metals ..."

7. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1908)
"(5) The less any Church was influenced by the Roman, the more did its symbol differ from the shorter Roman. The symbols of the Gallican Church differ ..."

8. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The triangle itself is said to be a symbol of the Blessed Trinity; ... It may happen that the symbol becomes divested of its material meaning and that the ..."

9. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1910)
"The broad lower end of the symbol is rather an accidental pit in the stone than ... It is hard to decide why Latin adopted the g-symbol with the value of k, ..."

10. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"H The eighth symbol in the Phoenician alphabet, as in its descendants, ... In these the symbol lakes the form of two rectangles Q out of which the ordinary ..."

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