\ˈglif \

Definition of glyph 

1 : an ornamental vertical groove especially in a Doric frieze

2 : a symbolic figure or a character (as in the Mayan system of writing) usually incised or carved in relief

3 : a symbol (such as a curved arrow on a road sign) that conveys information nonverbally

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Other Words from glyph

glyphic \ˈgli-fik \ adjective

Examples of glyph in a Sentence

a rock inscribed with mysterious glyphs that some have speculated as being of Norse origin

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These are all Google versions of the Unicode Emoji 11.0 glyphs announced earlier this year. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 3 hands-on—Here’s all 157 new emoji, some UI tweaks," 7 June 2018 In Preview 3 the font has been updated from version 1.023 to 1.028, and besides a few tweaks to existing glyphs, there are some new glyphs that seem to be specifically for drawing the Google logo. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 3 hands-on—Here’s all 157 new emoji, some UI tweaks," 7 June 2018 The Pisces glyph is two fish swimming in opposite directions, an expansion on the Gemini symbol. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 Maya temples are also plastered with glyphs that are still being deciphered by modern archaeologists. Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian, "This Building Is Covered in Emoji," 26 Apr. 2017 Professor Og was likely rending his animal skin over Student Thak’s failure to properly etch the antelope glyph onto the cave wall. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "We are teaching kids how to write all wrong — and no, Mr. Miyagi’s rote lessons won’t help a bit," 8 May 2017 Suddenly, the news was inundated with images of refugees and migrants in hijabs, praying to Mecca, corralled behind barbed-wire fences, and Lesvos became a glyph for hardship in the modern world. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "More From the New Yorker," 28 Jan. 2017 The metates also display many puzzling pseudo-glyphs on them that have yet to be studied and deciphered. National Geographic, "See New Discoveries at the Mysterious City of the Jaguar," 9 Feb. 2016 Formerly Known as Prince has dumped the stupid glyph and gone back to being plain ol’ Prince. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Fresh Prince," 17 May 2000

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First Known Use of glyph

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glyph

Greek glyphē carved work, from glyphein to carve — more at cleave

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one that holds something together

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