\ ˈglif How to pronounce glyph (audio) \

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 How to pronounce glyphic (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for glyph


character, icon (also ikon), sign, symbol

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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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Tom Green writes aqua glyphs on two shades of brown, Mira Hecht arrays circles and figure-eights, Carol Brown Goldberg interlocks repeated patterns and Dan Treado splits vine-like forms across a two-part composition. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Artechouse’s ‘Infinite Space’ has waves of natural influences," 9 Aug. 2019 The tall cylinder that held its machinery was painted pink and green and adorned with cubist faces, floating eyes and geometric glyphs. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A massive mural in an underground District tunnel is finally seeing the light," 23 July 2019 Aster plants eerie symbols and glyphs — which, despite their beauty and colour, telegraph a deep sense of unease — skillfully captured by cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski. Anne Cohen,, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Ultimately, the researchers reclassified three of the 16 glyphs studied. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify Exotic Birds Depicted in Peru’s Mysterious Nazca Lines," 22 June 2019 The big difference when confronting the Confoundables is that instead of throwing balls on the screen players cast magic by tracing glyphs on the screen. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "‘Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’ tips for ‘Pokemon Go’ players and newcomers," 20 June 2019 Instead, Banks and Donnelly pour over the strange circular glyphs that form the alien's written language and practically diagram sentences on screen. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "'Arrival' Is a Mind-Blowing Movie About One Long Conversation," 11 Nov. 2016 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

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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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