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i·con

 (ī′kŏn′)
n.
1. also i·kon (ī′kŏn′)
a. An image; a representation.
b. A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church.
2. An important and enduring symbol: "The disposable lighter is an icon of the throwaway mentality that began to take shape in the years following World War II" (Susan Freinkel).
3. One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: "He is ... a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation" (Harry F. Waters).
4. Computers A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.

[Latin īcōn, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai, to be like, seem.]

icon

(ˈaɪkɒn)
n
1. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) Also: ikon a representation of Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint, esp one painted in oil on a wooden panel, depicted in a traditional Byzantine style and venerated in the Eastern Church
2. an image, picture, representation, etc
3. a person or thing regarded as a symbol of a belief, nation, community, or cultural movement
4. a person regarded as a sex symbol or as a symbol of the latest fashion trends
5. (Computer Science) a pictorial representation of a facility available on a computer system, that enables the facility to be activated by means of a screen cursor rather than by a textual instruction
[C16: from Latin, from Greek eikōn image, from eikenai to be like]

i•con

(ˈaɪ kɒn)

n.
1. a picture, image, or other representation.
2. an image of Christ, a saint, etc., usu. painted on a wooden panel or done in mosaics and venerated as sacred in the Eastern Church.
3. a sign or representation that stands for something by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it; symbol: an icon of womanhood.
4. a person or thing that is revered or idolized: a pop icon.
5. a small graphic image on a computer screen representing a disk drive, a file, or a software command, as a wastebasket that can be used to delete a file.
[1565–75; < Latin < Greek eikṓn likeness, image, figure]
i•con′ic, adj.
i•con′i•cal•ly, adv.
i•co•nic•i•ty (ˌaɪ kəˈnɪs ɪ ti) n.

icon

- Originally a "simile" in rhetoric; its etymological idea is of "similarity," from Greek eikon, "likeness, similarity."
See also related terms for similarity.

icon

1. A religious painting (usually on wood or ivory) associated with Eastern churches.
2. A symbol or picture that represents an item of software or hardware.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.icon - (computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interfaceicon - (computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
graphical user interface, GUI - a user interface based on graphics (icons and pictures and menus) instead of text; uses a mouse as well as a keyboard as an input device
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
2.icon - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surfaceicon - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
bitmap, electronic image - an image represented as a two dimensional array of brightness values for pixels
chiaroscuro - a monochrome picture made by using several different shades of the same color
collage, montage - a paste-up made by sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form an artistic image; "he used his computer to make a collage of pictures superimposed on a map"
transparency, foil - picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
computer graphic, graphic - an image that is generated by a computer
iconography - the images and symbolic representations that are traditionally associated with a person or a subject; "religious iconography"; "the propagandistic iconography of a despot"
inset - a small picture inserted within the bounds or a larger one
likeness, semblance - picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
cyclorama, diorama, panorama - a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
reflection, reflexion - the image of something as reflected by a mirror (or other reflective material); "he studied his reflection in the mirror"
representation - a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
CAT scan, scan - an image produced by scanning; "he analyzed the brain scan"; "you could see the tumor in the CAT scan"
echogram, sonogram - an image of a structure that is produced by ultrasonography (reflections of high-frequency sound waves); used to observe fetal growth or to study bodily organs
3.icon - a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church
painting, picture - graphic art consisting of an artistic composition made by applying paints to a surface; "a small painting by Picasso"; "he bought the painting as an investment"; "his pictures hang in the Louvre"

icon

noun
1. idol, hero, superstar, favourite, pet, darling, pin-up (slang) a fashion icon of the nineties
2. representation, image, figure, statue, idol, likeness, effigy He came home with a haul of religious icons. like, iconomania
Translations
ikona
ikon
ikonikuvakesymboli
ikona
ikonszentkép
helgimynd, íkon
聖像
아이콘
icon
ikonapiktograma
ikonaikona, svetbilde
ikona
ikon
คนที่มีผู้คนยกย่องสรรเสริญ
biểu tượng

icon

[ˈaɪkɒn] N (gen, Comput) → icono m

icon

[ˈaɪkɒn] n
(= symbol) → icône f
(= religious picture) → icône f
(on computer screen)icône f

icon

n
(Art) → Ikone f
(= cultural symbol)Ikone f
(Comput) → Icon nt, → ikonisches Zeichen

icon

[ˈaɪkɒn] n (also) (Comput) → icona

icon,

ikon

(ˈaikoun) noun
1. (also ikon) especially in the Orthodox Churches, a painting etc of Christ or a saint.
2. a small graphic sign on a computer screen representing an application that the user can choose.

icon

أَيْقُونَةٌ ikona ikon Ikone εικόνα icono ikoni icône ikona icona 聖像 아이콘 icoon ikon ikona ícone икона ikon คนที่มีผู้คนยกย่องสรรเสริญ ikon biểu tượng 偶像
References in classic literature ?
In my room they always light the little lamp before my icon for the night; it gives a feeble flicker of light, but it is strong enough to see by dimly, and if you sit just under it you can even read by it.
He stepped back from the window and looked at an icon of the Saviour in His crown of thorns.
Above the lectern was the little lamp and an icon of Christ in His crown of thorns.
He tried as it were to keep his mind in blinkers, to see nothing but the light of the candles on the altar-screen, the icons, and those conducting the service.
On entering the sanctuary he bowed, crossing himself as usual and bending double before the icons.
In the back part was Hilary's grave, while in the front was a niche for sleeping, with a straw mattress, a small table, and a shelf with icons and books.
In this room it was almost dark; only two tiny lamps were burning before the icons and there was a pleasant scent of flowers and burnt pastilles.
Then she shook her head and glanced up at the icons with a sigh.
Over the table in the room hung a lamp with a shade, which brightly lit up the tea-things, a bottle of vodka, and some refreshments, besides illuminating the brick walls, which in the far corner were hung with icons on both sides of which were pictures.
He frowned, and having shaken the snow off his cap and coat, stopped in front of the icons as if not seeing anyone, crossed himself three times, and bowed to the icons.
They then threw the painting on the ground, breaking the icon into three parts.
Moreover, in one 1963 drawing the composition of Coran's Broadway Flesh is also allocated to a planned icon subtitled "the martyr's crown.