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1. A picture representing a word, phrase, or idea, especially one used in early writing systems.
2. A pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures. In both senses also called pictogram.

[Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -graph.]

pic′to·graph′ic adj.
pic′to·graph′i·cal·ly adv.
pic·tog′ra·phy (pĭk-tŏg′rə-fē) n.


(ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
1. (Linguistics) a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
2. a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption
[C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint]
pictographic adj
pictography n


(ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

1. a single pictorial sign or symbol, as in a system of picture writing.
2. a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a graph or chart with figures representing a certain number of people, objects, etc.
3. a painting or drawing on a rock wall or the like by ancient or prehistoric peoples.
[1850–55; < Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph]
pic`to•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pictograph - a graphic character used in picture writingpictograph - a graphic character used in picture writing
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"


[ˈpɪktəgrɑːf] N
1. (= record, chart) → pictografía f
2. (Ling) (= symbol) → pictograma m; (= writing) → pictografía f
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But these traces, and such hieroglyphics, or, to be more exact pictographs, as I have been able to decipher from the old documents, tell of one country, or perhaps it was only a city, over which this great golden idol of Quitzel presided.
Stunning photos of paintings and works of mixed media alternate with traditional Anishinaabe creations such as a quilled bark dish, beaded clothing and bags, carved dishes of wood, and an illustration of a Great Lakes pictograph series.
A pictograph answer key at the end is included, along with a certificate of completion for the child.
In the open air, pictograph sites are essentially equal in number to petroglyph sites (Table 1).
Most of the pieces are overpowering in their artistic excellence and a brief run down includes; a pictograph dress, parfleches, a Pawnee horned bonnet, several shields, a rare winter count, and a pair of Kiowa women's boots.
When this information is put into the app it provides a visual interpretation of the risks and benefits for the patient which are displayed as a coloured pictograph, bar chart or flow diagram.
Based on this research, we designed our decision aid to represent each piece of numerical information with a pictograph.
After the program, the students created original pictograph stories, and about 10 of 30 were brave enough to share them aloud.
According to Shuowen Jiezi, the pictograph indicates that "when the sun is in the west, the birds perch over the nest" (Xu, Shuowen Jiezi online).
There are several accounts that relate to the Blood and Peigan victory at Lethbridge in 1870, of fights with Kootenay Indians who came across the mountains to hunt buffalo, and an explanation of the pictograph battle scene at Writing on Stone.
Students were presented with a task to create a pictograph representing the number of books each member of a small group of children had read.
Entering company-specific chemical data into the database, he took advantage of the program's ability to add, remove, or freely move label sections--such as first aid, emergency response, and personal protective equipment--as well as add a variety of pictograph symbols for instant recognition even in multilingual settings.