Definitions for ICONˈaɪ kɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

i•conˈaɪ kɒn(n.)

  1. a picture, image, or other representation.

  2. an image of Christ, a saint, etc., usu. painted on a wooden panel or done in mosaics and venerated as sacred in the Eastern Church.

    Category: Religion

  3. a sign or representation that stands for something by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it; symbol:

    an icon of womanhood.

  4. a person or thing that is revered or idolized:

    a pop icon.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. a small graphic image on a computer screen representing a disk drive, a file, or a software command, as a wastebasket that can be used to delete a file.

    Category: Computers

Origin of icon:

1565–75; < L < Gk eikṓn likeness, image, figure

i•co•nic•i•tyˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. icon(noun)

    (computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface

  2. picture, image, icon, ikon(noun)

    a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface

    "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"

  3. icon, ikon(noun)

    a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. icon(noun)ˈaɪ kɒn

    a picture on a computer that you click on to open a program

    Click on this icon to open a new document.

  2. iconˈaɪ kɒn

    a well-known person or thing that represents an idea or concept

    the legendary fashion icon

Wiktionary

  1. icon(Noun)

    An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.

  2. icon(Noun)

    A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.

  3. icon(Noun)

    A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.

    That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.

  4. icon(Noun)

    A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)

  5. icon(Noun)

    : A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.

  6. icon(Noun)

    Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.

  7. Origin: From icon, from (eikōn) "likeness, image, portrait". Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Icon(noun)

    an image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait

Freebase

  1. Icon

    An icon is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, from Eastern Christianity and in certain Eastern Catholic churches. More broadly the term is used in a wide number of contexts for an image, picture, or representation; it is a sign or likeness that stands for an object by signifying or representing it either concretely or by analogy, as in semiotics; by extension, icon is also used, particularly in modern culture, in the general sense of symbol — i.e. a name, face, picture, edifice or even a person readily recognized as having some well-known significance or embodying certain qualities: one thing, an image or depiction, that represents something else of greater significance through literal or figurative meaning, usually associated with religious, cultural, political, or economic standing. Throughout history, various religious cultures have been inspired or supplemented by concrete images, whether in two dimensions or three. The degree to which images are used or permitted, and their functions — whether they are for instruction or inspiration, treated as sacred objects of veneration or worship, or simply applied as ornament — depend upon the tenets of a given religion in a given place and time.

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