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 ?
An old woman sawing a basket handle*; 'tis a rebus, and I like that.
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.
It was like a dramatic rebus with which old Europe and new America alike became fascinated.
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.
Rankin has sold 30million books and Rebus novels have been translated into 22 languages in three decades.
Celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Rankin's first Rebus title were held last month in Edinburgh at RebusFest.
Rankin hopes Ken Stott, who previously played Rebus, will return in the role.
At the start of the book, Rebus becomes intrigued with a cold case in which a vivacious woman married to a leading Scottish banker known to enjoy numerous affairs was found murdered in a hotel room many years before.
Your latest novel starts with Rebus in sombre mood.
As with the other Rebus novels, there is a silent character almost more important than Rebus, Clarke, Fox and Cafferty: the city of Edinburgh itself.
Major organization : 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.