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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glyphnoun

    glyptic art in the form of a symbolic figure carved or incised in relief


  1. glyphnoun

    A figure carved in relief or incised, especially representing a sound, word, or idea.

  2. glyphnoun

    Any non-verbal symbol that imparts information.

  3. glyphnoun

    A visual representation of a letter, character, or symbol, in a specific font and style.

  4. glyphnoun

    A vertical groove.


  1. Glyph

    A glyph () is any kind of purposeful mark. In typography, a glyph is "the specific shape, design, or representation of a character". It is a particular graphical representation, in a particular typeface, of an element of written language. A grapheme, or part of a grapheme (such as a diacritic), or sometimes several graphemes in combination (a composed glyph) can be represented by a glyph.


  1. glyph

    A glyph is a symbol or character in a particular font or set of type, often representing a letter or number. In a broader context, it can also refer to a specific form of graphical representation, carving or inscription, typically associated with ancient writings or drawings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glyphnoun

    a sunken channel or groove, usually vertical. See Triglyph

  2. Etymology: [Gr. glyfh` carving, fr. gly`fein to carve: cf. F. glyphe. Cf. Cleave to split.]


  1. Glyph

    A glyph is an element of writing: an individual mark on a written medium that contributes to the meaning of what is written. For example, in most languages written in any variety of the Latin alphabet the dot on a lower-case "i" is not a glyph because it does not convey any distinction, and an i in which the dot has been accidentally omitted is still likely to be read as an "i". In Turkish, however, it is a glyph because that language has two distinct versions of the letter "i", with and without a dot. In Japanese syllabaries, a number of the characters are made up of more than one separate mark, but in general these separate marks are not glyphs because they have no meaning by themselves. However, in some cases, additional marks fulfill the role of diacritics, to differentiate distinct characters. Such additional marks constitute glyphs. In general, a diacritic is a glyph, even if it is "joined up" with the rest of the character. Some characters, such as "æ" in Icelandic and the "ß" in German, would probably be regarded as glyphs: they were originally ligatures but over time have become characters in their own right, and these languages treat them as separate letters. However, a ligature such as "ffi", which is treated in some typefaces as a single unit, is arguably not a glyph as this is just a quirk of the typeface, essentially an allographic feature, and includes more than one grapheme. In normal handwriting, even long words are often written "joined up", without the pen leaving the paper, and the form of each written letter will often vary depending on which letters precede and follow it, but that does not make the whole word into a single glyph.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glyph

    glif, n. (archit.) an ornamental channel or fluting, usually vertical.—adjs. Glyph′ic; Glyphograph′ic.—ns. Glyphog′raphy, a process of taking a raised copy of a drawing by electrotype; Glyph′ograph, a plate formed by this process.—adj. Glyp′tic, pertaining to carving on stone, &c.: (min.) figured.—n.pl. Glyp′tics, the art of engraving, esp. on precious stones.—adj. Glyptograph′ic.—ns. Glyptog′raphy, the art of engraving on precious stones; Glyptothē′ca, a place for keeping sculpture. [Gr. glyphēglyphein, to carve.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glyph in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glyph in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    being essentially equal to something
    A adscripted
    B equivalent
    C elusive
    D indiscernible

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