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1symbol

noun sym·bol \ˈsim-bəl\

: an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality

: a letter, group of letters, character, or picture that is used instead of a word or group of words

Full Definition of SYMBOL

1
:  an authoritative summary of faith or doctrine :  creed
2
:  something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship, association, convention, or accidental resemblance; especially :  a visible sign of something invisible <the lion is a symbol of courage>
3
:  an arbitrary or conventional sign used in writing or printing relating to a particular field to represent operations, quantities, elements, relations, or qualities
4
:  an object or act representing something in the unconscious mind that has been repressed <phallic symbols>
5
:  an act, sound, or object having cultural significance and the capacity to excite or objectify a response

Examples of SYMBOL

  1. <the traditional physician's symbol of a staff entwined with a snake>
  2. <the symbol ¶ indicates where a new paragraph should begin>

Origin of SYMBOL

in sense 1, from Late Latin symbolum, from Late Greek symbolon, from Greek, token, sign; in other senses from Latin symbolum token, sign, symbol, from Greek symbolon, literally, token of identity verified by comparing its other half, from symballein to throw together, compare, from syn- + ballein to throw — more at devil
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Alphabet Terms

cuneiform, linear, minuscule, pictograph, rune, symbology, wedge

2symbol

verb
symboled or symbolledsymbol·ing or symbol·ling

Definition of SYMBOL

:  symbolize

First Known Use of SYMBOL

1832
SYMBOLING Defined for Kids

symbol

noun sym·bol \ˈsim-bəl\

Definition of SYMBOL for Kids

1
:  something that stands for something else :  emblem <The eagle is a symbol of the United States.>
2
:  a letter, character, or sign used instead of a word to represent a quantity, position, relationship, direction, or something to be done <The sign + is the symbol for addition.>
Medical Dictionary

symbol

noun sym·bol \ˈsim-bəl\

Medical Definition of SYMBOL

:  something that stands for or suggests something else: as a :  an arbitrary or conventional sign used in writing or printing relating to a particular field to represent operations, quantities, elements, relations, or qualities b :  an object or act representing something in the unconscious mind that has been repressed <phallic symbols>
sym·bol·ic \sim-ˈbäl-ik\ adjective
sym·bol·i·cal·ly \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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