Definitions for Symbol
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Symbol.
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
symbol, symbolization, symbolisation, symbolic representationnoun
something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
"the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: symbole, French; σύμϐολον; symbolum, Latin.
Beginning with the symbol of our faith, upon that the author of the gloss enquires into the nature of faith. Thomas Baker.
Salt, as incorruptible, was the symbol of friendship; which, if it casually fell, was accounted ominous, and their amity of no duration. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.
Words are the signs and symbols of things; and as, in accounts, ciphers and figures pass for real sums, so words and names pass for things themselves. Robert South, Sermons.
The heathens made choice of these lights as apt symbols of eternity, because, contrary to all sublunary beings, though they seem to perish every night, they renew themselves every morning. Joseph Addison, on ancient Medals.
A symbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship. Symbols allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between otherwise very different concepts and experiences. All communication (and data processing) is achieved through the use of symbols. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, ideas, or visual images and are used to convey other ideas and beliefs. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a blue line might represent a river. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Alphabetic letters may be symbols for sounds. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose may symbolize love and compassion. The variable 'x', in a mathematical equation, may symbolize the position of a particle in space. The academic study of symbols is semiotics. In cartography, an organized collection of symbols forms a legend for a map.
A symbol is a mark, sign, or object that represents or stands for something else, often an idea, concept, or message. This could be a physical object, a word, a mathematical equation, a sound, a color, or an image. Symbols are widely used in various fields such as literature, art, math, communication and science, and they play important roles in culture, religion, and social identity. They help in conveying complex thoughts, emotions or concepts in a simplified manner.
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
any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation
an abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion
that which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty
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
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
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 symballein—syn, together, ballein, to throw.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In a military sense, a badge. Every regiment in the British service has its badge.
A person, visual sign or concept that describes an action, belief, vision or quality.
Some people see the dove as a universal symbol of peace, some people are used as a symbol of peace e.g. Nelson Mandela.
Submitted by MaryC on June 19, 2016
Song lyrics by symbol -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by symbol on the Lyrics.com website.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'Symbol' in Nouns Frequency: #1363
The numerical value of Symbol in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of Symbol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
It was a huge honor, what that patch is to me now is such a different kind of symbol. Now, I look at it and think,' It's a symbol of irrational behavior.'.
No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.
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.
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.
Om is not just a sound or vibration. It is not just a symbol... If you think of Om only as a sound, a technique or a symbol of the Divine, you will miss it altogether. ….. Om is the mysterious cosmic energy that is the substratum of all the things and all the beings of the entire universe. It is an eternal song of the Divine. It is continuously resounding in silence on the background of everything that exists.
Popularity rank by frequency of use
Translations for Symbol
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- símbolCatalan, Valencian
- symbol, llythyrenWelsh
- Zeichen, SymbolGerman
- merkki, symboliFinnish
- סמל, סממןHebrew
- jelkép, szimbólumHungarian
- 象徴, 記号, 符号, シンボルJapanese
- 象徵, 符號, 부호, 상징Korean
- simbol, lambangMalay
- эмблема, знак, символRussian
- симбол, simbolSerbo-Croatian
- symbol, teckenSwedish
- simge, sembolTurkish
- знак, символUkrainian
- 記號, ký hiệuVietnamese
Get even more translations for Symbol »
Find a translation for the Symbol definition in other languages:
Select another language:
- - Select -
- 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
- 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
- Español (Spanish)
- Esperanto (Esperanto)
- 日本語 (Japanese)
- Português (Portuguese)
- Deutsch (German)
- العربية (Arabic)
- Français (French)
- Русский (Russian)
- ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
- 한국어 (Korean)
- עברית (Hebrew)
- Gaeilge (Irish)
- Українська (Ukrainian)
- اردو (Urdu)
- Magyar (Hungarian)
- मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
- Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Italiano (Italian)
- தமிழ் (Tamil)
- Türkçe (Turkish)
- తెలుగు (Telugu)
- ภาษาไทย (Thai)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Čeština (Czech)
- Polski (Polish)
- Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
- Românește (Romanian)
- Nederlands (Dutch)
- Ελληνικά (Greek)
- Latinum (Latin)
- Svenska (Swedish)
- Dansk (Danish)
- Suomi (Finnish)
- فارسی (Persian)
- ייִדיש (Yiddish)
- հայերեն (Armenian)
- Norsk (Norwegian)
- English (English)
Word of the Day
Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"Symbol." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 3 Oct. 2023. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Symbol>.