Definitions of symbol

  1. 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. Any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation.
  3. An abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion.
  4. That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.
  5. Share; allotment.
  6. 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. To symbolize.
  8. Something, not a likeness, that stands for something else; an emblem, or sign of an idea, quality, or another thing; a mark or letter representing something in mathematics.
  9. A sign by which one knows a thing: 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.
  10. Sign; emblem; representation.
  11. Symbolic, symbolical.
  12. Something that stands for something else; an emblem; a type.
  13. A character, mark, etc., indicating something, as a quantity in mathematics.
  14. The sign or representation of any moral thing by the images or properties of natural things; an emblem or representation of something else; a letter or character which is significant; in medals, a certain mark or figure representing a being or thing; an abstract or compendium; a creed.