an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
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"
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.
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 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
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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
Examples of symbol in a Sentence
Just walking around with one of their shopping bags in those days was a status symbol, it was a big Saturday scene with all the great and good from Wall Street milling around.
He's a great guy, he introduced countless new people to the sport of golf, from every background and walk of life. ... Tiger Woods is a global symbol of American excellence, devotion and drive.
It's a symbol of family and my ancestors who defended the state from invasion. It was about standing up to a central government, the things that our ancestors fought for were not novel and they really are the same issues we have today.
He was behind me. And I was speaking to the crowd and I saw crowds booing and I turned around, I didn't quite see what it was. I learned about it right after I left the stage, the idea that there was a swastika, a symbol of everything that this country stands against -- we lost 400,000 people fighting that symbol, fighting Nazism. Six million Jews were killed, other people were killed. The most devastating war in the history of humanity.
It's hard to imagine any more physical symbol of the insanity of dividing human beings.
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- símbolCatalan, Valencian
- symbol, llythyrenWelsh
- Symbol, ZeichenGerman
- symboli, merkkiFinnish
- סמל, סממןHebrew
- szimbólum, jelképHungarian
- 符号, 象徴, 記号, シンボルJapanese
- 상징, 부호, 符號, 象徵Korean
- lambang, simbolMalay
- символ, эмблема, знакRussian
- симбол, simbolSerbo-Croatian
- symbol, teckenSwedish
- sembol, simgeTurkish
- знак, символUkrainian
- ký hiệu, 記號Vietnamese
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