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Definitions of symbol

  1. an arbitrary sign ( written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  2. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; " the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
  3. 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.
  4. Any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation.
  5. An abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion.
  6. That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.
  7. Share; allotment.
  8. 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.
  9. To symbolize.
  10. 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.
  11. 1. A conventional sign serving as an abbreviation, such as the R at the beginning of a prescription. 2. In chemistry an abbreviation ( the initial and sometimes one other letter) of the Latin name of an element, expressing, in chemical formulae, one atom of that element.
  12. 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.
  13. Sign; emblem; representation.
  14. Symbolic, symbolical.
  15. Something that stands for something else; an emblem; a type.
  16. A character, mark, etc., indicating something, as a quantity in mathematics.
  17. 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.
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Usage examples for symbol

  1. It is not some superstition or some symbol. – The Ball and The Cross by G.K. Chesterton
  2. He loved the Irish language as his native speech- loved it, too, as a symbol, and something more, perhaps- as an expression of the nationality of Ireland. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  3. And hath the muse no symbol in the Dove? – The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P. by Edward Bulwer Lytton
  4. The boat- train represented liberty- it was the symbol of things free and large; but their thoughts did not go so far as that. – Masterman and Son by W. J. Dawson
  5. And as man's vision grows clearer, as he shows less desire for image and symbol, so will the number of these names, the number of these forms, tend to diminish. – The Buried Temple by Maurice Maeterlinck
  6. With his crimson hand, he traced the great symbol of his Faith on the stone- the Sign of the Cross. – Despoilers of the Golden Empire by Gordon Randall Garrett
  7. If the Christian religion were swept away- as it never will be, for it is eternal- and a civilization founded on what is called Nature put in its place, then we should see a worship of something called Nature, and a temple thereof, set up as the symbol of that Natural civilization. – The Water of Life and Other Sermons by Charles Kingsley
  8. When Eagle was quite satisfied that Sax would know who had hung that strange symbol round his neck, he crawled on up the hill, disappeared on the other side, and fled for his life. – In the Musgrave Ranges by Jim Bushman
  9. All the earth seemed to lie behind it, and all its gaze to be fixed on the symbol of the infinite. – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  10. The soul within her leaped toward it and seized it as a symbol. – The Readjustment by Will Irwin
  11. Write the symbol for this compound. – An Introduction to Chemical Science by R.P. Williams
  12. Nature shall be to thee as a symbol. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  13. Thus bestowed, it is the symbol of authority and is called the Episcopal Ring. – The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia by William James Miller
  14. He wants a hero- symbol to follow. – Border, Breed Nor Birth by Dallas McCord Reynolds
  15. Who would chose a worm as a symbol of power? – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  16. An explanation would be useless; but she had recovered her ring, and she knew the value he put upon her gifts, both this one and the greater gift of which it was a symbol. – The Mayor of Warwick by Herbert M. Hopkins
  17. It was the symbol of authority in the wilderness. – The Judgment House by Gilbert Parker
  18. I saw instantly that he recognized the symbol, and knew what it meant, doubtless better than I did. – The Red Symbol by John Ironside
  19. Our Lord took the fisherman's humble calling, and made it the symbol of spiritual service. – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  20. 1- 3, there follows the announcement of salvation more directly, and only with a simple allusion to the symbol. – Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1 by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
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