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re·bus

 (rē′bəs)
n. pl. re·bus·es
A representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols, often presented as a puzzle.

[From Latin rēbus, ablative pl. of rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.]

rebus

(ˈriːbəs)
n, pl -buses
1. (Games, other than specified) a puzzle consisting of pictures representing syllables and words; in such a puzzle the word hear might be represented by H followed by a picture of an ear
2. (Heraldry) a heraldic emblem or device that is a pictorial representation of or pun on the name of the bearer
[C17: from French rébus, from the Latin rēbus by things, from res]

re•bus

(ˈri bəs)

n., pl. -bus•es.
a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables: Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
[1595–1605; < Latin rēbus by things (abl. pl. of rēs)]

rebus

- A puzzle in which one must decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words.
See also related terms for puzzle.

rebus

A system using a mixture of words and pictures, the pictures representing syllables or words.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rebus - a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and wordsrebus - a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
problem - a question raised for consideration or solution; "our homework consisted of ten problems to solve"
Translations

rebus

[ˈriːbəs] N (rebuses (pl)) → jeroglífico m

rebus

nBilderrätsel nt, → Rebus m or nt
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Players at the Nova Data Area for Wick and Whirl's Mind Puzzles had to unravel the secrets of the Rebus Puzzles and come up with the correct answers.
In this study, we could not conclude that low-achieving students on reading tests have an information-processing bias, because the low- and high-achievement groups on reading tests showed the same pattern of use of analytical and insight strategies to answer Rebus puzzles and the word association test (although students in the high-achievement group more often reported what strategy they preferred to solve the problems).
com)-- Even though people may not know rebus puzzles by name, they know the concept.