Definitions for symbolˈsɪm bəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sym•bolˈsɪm bəl(n.; v.)-boled, -bol•ing; -bolled, -bol•ling.

  1. (n.)something used for or regarded as representing something else, esp. a material object representing something immaterial; emblem or sign.

  2. a letter, figure, or other conventional mark designating an object, quantity, operation, function, etc., as in mathematics or chemistry.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. Psychoanal. any object or idea that represents or disguises a repressed wish or impulse:

    dream symbols; phallic symbols.

    Category: Psychology

  4. (v.t.)to symbolize.

Origin of symbol:

1400–50; < L symbolum < Gk sýmbolon tally, token =sym-sym - +-bolon, n. der. of bállein to throw

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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. symbol(noun)ˈsɪm bəl

    sb or sth that represents a quality or idea

    He became a symbol of freedom in his country.

  2. symbolˈsɪm bəl

    a mark that has a particular meaning

    chemical symbols; The symbol; ≤ is used to mean "less than or equal to."


  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


  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.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Translations for symbol

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a thing that is regarded as representing or standing for another

The dove is the symbol of peace.

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