What does symbol mean?

Definitions for symbolˈsɪm bəl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word symbol.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. symbol(noun)

    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

  2. symbol, symbolization, symbolisation, symbolic representation(noun)

    something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible

    "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"

Wiktionary

  1. symbol(Noun)

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

  2. symbol(Noun)

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

    The dollar symbol has no relationship to the concept of currency or any related idea.

  3. symbol(Noun)

    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.

  4. symbol(Noun)

    A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith.

    The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.

  5. symbol(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.

  6. symbol(Verb)

    To symbolize

Webster Dictionary

  1. Symbol(noun)

    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. Symbol(noun)

    any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation

  3. Symbol(noun)

    an abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion

  4. Symbol(noun)

    that which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty

  5. Symbol(noun)

    share; allotment

  6. Symbol(noun)

    an abbreviation standing for the name of an element and consisting of the initial letter of the Latin or New Latin name, or sometimes of the initial letter with a following one; as, C for carbon, Na for sodium (Natrium), Fe for iron (Ferrum), Sn for tin (Stannum), Sb for antimony (Stibium), etc. See the list of names and symbols under Element

  7. Symbol(verb)

    to symbolize

Freebase

  1. Symbol

    A symbol is an object that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, belief, action, or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love and compassion. In cartography, an organized collection of symbols forms a legend.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Symbol

    sim′bol, n. a sign by which one knows a thing: an arbitrary or other conventional mark, abbreviating methods of scientific expression, as in algebra, and esp. chemistry: an emblem: that which represents something else: a figure or letter representing something: (theol.) a creed, compendium of doctrine, or a typical religious rite, as the Eucharist.—adjs. Symbol′ic, -al, pertaining to, or of the nature of, a symbol: representing by signs: emblematic: figurative: typical.—adv. Symbol′ically.—ns. Symbol′icalness; Symbol′ics, the study of the history and contents of Christian creeds; Symbolisā′tion.—v.i. Sym′bolise, to be symbolical: to resemble in qualities.—v.t. to represent by symbols.—ns. Sym′boliser, Sym′bolist, one who uses symbols; Sym′bolism, representation by symbols or signs: a system of symbols: use of symbols: (theol.) the science of symbols or creeds.—adjs. Symbolist′ic, -al.—ns. Symbol′ogy, Symbolol′ogy, the art of representing by symbols; Symbolol′atry, undue veneration for symbols; Sym′bolry, the use of symbols generally. [Gr. symbolon, from symballeinsyn, together, ballein, to throw.]

Editors Contribution

  1. symbol

    A person, image or a concept that represents an action, belief, visual image or quality.

    Some people see the dove as a universal symbol of peace, some people are used as a symbol of peace and charity e.g. Mother Teresa.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'symbol' in Nouns Frequency: #1363

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbol in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of symbol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Vikrant Parsai:

    Always forgive, for it is symbol of strength and never apologise, for it is a symbol of weakness.

  2. Christian Hartmann:

    The book is not only a historical source, it's a symbol, and we wanted to dismantle that symbol once and for all.

  3. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi:

    The Brenner Pass is a symbol of the last 100 years. So many of our countrymen died there and it has become a symbol of friendship and dialogue.

  4. Ilya Yashin:

    Nemtsov as a symbol was and is very dangerous for the Putin regime, but the more they destroy his memorial, the brighter a symbol he will become.

  5. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface:

    All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their own peril.

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