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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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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]
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.
A system using a mixture of words and pictures, the pictures representing syllables or words.