Definition of word-sign

: a visual or tactile symbol or group of symbols representing a word: such as
a : a single character used to represent a word in a regular system of writing : logogram the word-signs used in Egyptian hieroglyphic writing
b : a stroke or simple character used in shorthand as a brief way of representing a word of frequent occurrence or a derivative of such a word
c : a braille character of one cell or two cells that can stand for a whole word

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