What does icon mean?

Definitions for icon
ˈaɪ kɒnicon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. iconnoun

    (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, ikonnoun

    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, ikonnoun

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

GCIDE

  1. iconnoun

    a symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its meaning or the object it represents.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

  2. iconnoun

    (Computers) a graphical symbol for a data object whose form suggests the nature or function of the object; especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer screen. In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking on an icon may cause any of several types of actions, such as opening a file or executing a program, depending on how the icon properties are defined.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

  3. iconnoun

    any object of uncritical devotion.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

  4. iconnoun

    an outstanding example of something which has come to represent the class of things to which it belongs; a paragon; used of persons as well as objects.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

  5. iconnoun

    (Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary, Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term is used especially for a highly stylized and conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

Wiktionary

  1. iconnoun

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

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

  2. iconnoun

    A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.

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

  3. iconnoun

    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.

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

  4. iconnoun

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

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

  5. iconnoun

    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.

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

  6. iconnoun

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

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

Wikipedia

  1. Icon

    An icon (from the Greek εἰκών eikṓn 'image, resemblance') is a religious work of art, most commonly a painting, in the cultures of the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, the Roman Catholic, and certain Eastern Catholic churches. They are not simply artworks; "an icon is a sacred image used in religious devotion". The most common subjects include Christ, Mary, saints and angels. Although especially associated with portrait-style images concentrating on one or two main figures, the term also covers most religious images in a variety of artistic media produced by Eastern Christianity, including narrative scenes, usually from the Bible or the lives of saints. Icons are most commonly painted on wood panels with egg tempera, but they may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. Comparable images from Western Christianity can be classified as "icons", although "iconic" may also be used to describe a static style of devotional image. In the Greek language the term for icon painting uses the same word as for "writing", and Orthodox sources often translate it into English as icon writing.Eastern Orthodox tradition holds that the production of Christian images dates back to the very early days of Christianity, and that it has been a continuous tradition since then. Modern academic art history considers that, while images may have existed earlier, the tradition can be traced back only as far as the 3rd century, and that the images which survive from Early Christian art often differ greatly from later ones. The icons of later centuries can be linked, often closely, to images from the 5th century onwards, though very few of these survive. Widespread destruction of images occurred during the Byzantine Iconoclasm of 726–842, although this did settle permanently the question of the appropriateness of images. Since then icons have had a great continuity of style and subject; far greater than in the icons of the Western church. At the same time there has been change and development.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iconnoun

    an image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. e'ikw`n.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Icon

    ī′kon, n. a figure, esp. in the Greek Church, representing Christ, or a saint, in painting, mosaic, &c.—adj. Icon′ic.—n. Iconog′raphy, the art of illustration.—adj. Iconomat′ic, expressing ideas by means of pictured objects.—ns. Iconomat′icism; Iconoph′ilism, a taste for pictures, &c.; Iconoph′ilist, a connoisseur of pictures, &c.; Iconos′tasis, a wooden wall which in Byzantine churches separates the choir from the nave—the icons are placed on it. [L.,—Gr. eikōn, an image.]

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  1. cion

  2. Nico

  3. coin, COIN

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of icon in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of icon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of icon in a Sentence

  1. Father Evagoras Constantinides:

    We are focused and prayerful and intent on doing whatever we can to recover the icon of our patron saint. It belongs in our house of worship. It belongs with our people, it’s really a shame.

  2. Yana Tchekhanovetz:

    Christian pilgrims to the Land of Israel from all over the Byzantine Empire (Turkey, the Balkans, Greece and present-day Russia) would carry his icon to protect them from harm, it is probable that the ring belonged to a pilgrim who sought the protection of St. Nicholas on his travels.

  3. Victoria Hoffman:

    A chance to meet your favorite icon –maybe a famed artist or photographer- may be as little as $10,000. But a celebrity or athlete may expect a donation of no less than $50-100,000.

  4. Winnie Wong:

    Here we had a man who we knew had almost no name recognition and who openly identified as an independent socialist, who had given numerous speeches on the floor that, to the left, were heralded as acts of great political bravery, so for us on the left, he was really regarded as a real icon. And he still is.

  5. Apo Aporosa:

    Kava is the dominant cultural icon for Pacifica people and the icon of identity for them.

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