rebus


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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
References in classic literature ?
I do not choose, however, to commit myself on a theme of such importance, and must refer the reader desirous of information to the "Oratiunculae de Rebus Praeter-Veteris," of Dundergutz.
An old woman sawing a basket handle*; 'tis a rebus, and I like that.
This I have in my hand is an ingenious contrivance-- a sort of practical rebus, I may call it: here, you see, it looks like an elegant heart-shaped box, portable--for the pocket; there, again, it becomes like a splendid double flower--an ornament for the table; and now"--Mr.
It was like a dramatic rebus with which old Europe and new America alike became fascinated.
The author, who earns more than PS250,000 a year - has just published his 20th Rebus novel, Even Dogs in the Wild.
In "Even Dogs in the Wild", Rebus is dragged out of retirement - again - to act in the semi-official capacity of consultant detective, assisting in the investigation of a shooting at the house of another retired geezer, long-time foe "Big Ger" Cafferty.
Implementing agency : Rebus Regionalbus Rostock GmbH
Rebus had joined the group as a young DC soon after the arrest of a snitch who eventually got off on a murder charge through police mistakes.
With Rebus you get another main character, and that's Edinburgh, and Edinburgh's a city that a lot of people think they know but when they read one of my books, they realise there's a lot about Edinburgh that they didn't know, or maybe didn't even suspect.
In this twentieth edition of the trials of Rebus, Rankin poses three questions long on the lips of Rebus fans the world over: Is Rebus good?
Few alternative heroes have created the sort of passion from his faithful audience as Rebus, and Rankin has once again come up with a winning formula.
Along with the difficult case, Rebus also broods on his life decisions, his advancing age and the relevance of his school of thought in the present time.