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1. Architecture A vertical groove, especially in a Doric column or frieze.
2. A symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised.
3. A symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally.
1. (Architecture) a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
2. (Letters of the Alphabet (Foreign)) rare another word for hieroglyphic
3. (Computer Science) any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
[C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve]
1. a pictograph or hieroglyph.
2. a sculptured figure or relief carving.
3. an ornamental vertical channel or groove, esp. in Doric architecture.
4. any symbol bearing information nonverbally, as a crossed-out cigarette on a no-smoking sign.
[1720–30; < Greek glyph(ḗ) carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out]