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sym·bol

 (sĭm′bəl)
n.
1.
a. Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible: The lamb is a symbol of innocence.
b. An instance that typifies a broader pattern or situation: His striking out to end the rally was a symbol of everything that had gone wrong with the team over the past month.
2. A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, element, quantity, quality, or relation, as in mathematics or music.
3. Psychology An object or image that an individual unconsciously uses to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses: a phallic symbol.

[Middle English symbole, creed, from Old French, from Latin symbolum, token, mark, from Greek sumbolon, token for identification (by comparison with a counterpart) : sun-, syn- + ballein, to throw; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.]

symbol

(ˈsɪmbəl)
n
1. something that represents or stands for something else, usually by convention or association, esp a material object used to represent something abstract
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an object, person, idea, etc, used in a literary work, film, etc, to stand for or suggest something else with which it is associated either explicitly or in some more subtle way
3. (Mathematics) a letter, figure, or sign used in mathematics, science, music, etc, to represent a quantity, phenomenon, operation, function, etc
4. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the end product, in the form of an object or act, of a conflict in the unconscious between repression processes and the actions and thoughts being repressed: the symbols of dreams.
5. (Psychology) psychol any mental process that represents some feature of external reality
vb, -bols, -bolling or -bolled, -bols, -boling or -boled
(tr) another word for symbolize
[C15: from Church Latin symbolum, from Greek sumbolon sign, from sumballein to throw together, from syn- + ballein to throw]

sym•bol

(ˈsɪm bəl)

n., v. -boled, -bol•ing (esp. Brit.) -bolled, -bol•ling. n.
1. something used for or regarded as representing something else, esp. a material object representing something immaterial; emblem or sign.
2. a letter, figure, or other conventional mark designating an object, quantity, operation, function, etc., as in mathematics or chemistry.
3. Psychoanal. any object or idea that represents or disguises a repressed wish or impulse: dream symbols; phallic symbols.
v.t.
4. to symbolize.
[1400–50; < Latin symbolum < Greek sýmbolon tally, token =sym- sym- + -bolon, n. derivative of bállein to throw]

symbol


Past participle: symbolled
Gerund: symbolling

Imperative
symbol
symbol
Present
I symbol
you symbol
he/she/it symbols
we symbol
you symbol
they symbol
Preterite
I symbolled
you symbolled
he/she/it symbolled
we symbolled
you symbolled
they symbolled
Present Continuous
I am symbolling
you are symbolling
he/she/it is symbolling
we are symbolling
you are symbolling
they are symbolling
Present Perfect
I have symbolled
you have symbolled
he/she/it has symbolled
we have symbolled
you have symbolled
they have symbolled
Past Continuous
I was symbolling
you were symbolling
he/she/it was symbolling
we were symbolling
you were symbolling
they were symbolling
Past Perfect
I had symbolled
you had symbolled
he/she/it had symbolled
we had symbolled
you had symbolled
they had symbolled
Future
I will symbol
you will symbol
he/she/it will symbol
we will symbol
you will symbol
they will symbol
Future Perfect
I will have symbolled
you will have symbolled
he/she/it will have symbolled
we will have symbolled
you will have symbolled
they will have symbolled
Future Continuous
I will be symbolling
you will be symbolling
he/she/it will be symbolling
we will be symbolling
you will be symbolling
they will be symbolling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been symbolling
you have been symbolling
he/she/it has been symbolling
we have been symbolling
you have been symbolling
they have been symbolling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been symbolling
you will have been symbolling
he/she/it will have been symbolling
we will have been symbolling
you will have been symbolling
they will have been symbolling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been symbolling
you had been symbolling
he/she/it had been symbolling
we had been symbolling
you had been symbolling
they had been symbolling
Conditional
I would symbol
you would symbol
he/she/it would symbol
we would symbol
you would symbol
they would symbol
Past Conditional
I would have symbolled
you would have symbolled
he/she/it would have symbolled
we would have symbolled
you would have symbolled
they would have symbolled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significancesymbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
stock symbol - the letters used to identify listed companies on the securities exchanges where they are traded
accolade, honor, laurels, honour, award - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
signal, signaling, sign - any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
stigma, stain, brand, mark - a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
token, item - an individual instance of a type of symbol; "the word`error' contains three tokens of `r'"
type - all of the tokens of the same symbol; "the word `element' contains five different types of character"
nose - a symbol of inquisitiveness; "keep your nose out of it"
numeral, number - a symbol used to represent a number; "he learned to write the numerals before he went to school"
symbolism - a system of symbols and symbolic representations
lingam - the Hindu phallic symbol of Siva
pound sign, pound - a symbol for a unit of currency (especially for the pound sterling in Great Britain)
printed symbol, written symbol - a written or printed symbol
dollar mark, dollar sign, dollar - a symbol of commercialism or greed; "he worships the almighty dollar"; "the dollar sign means little to him"
monogram - a graphic symbol consisting of 2 or more letters combined (usually your initials); printed on stationery or embroidered on clothing
stamp, impression - a symbol that is the result of printing or engraving; "he put his stamp on the envelope"
mantle - the cloak as a symbol of authority; "place the mantle of authority on younger shoulders"
Crown - the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy; "the colonies revolted against the Crown"
staff - a rod carried as a symbol
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 interface
marking, mark, marker - a distinguishing symbol; "the owner's mark was on all the sheep"
identifier - a symbol that establishes the identity of the one bearing it
variable - a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
2.symbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisiblesymbol - something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible; "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
crossbones - two crossed bones (or a representation of two crossed bones) used as a symbol danger or death
cornucopia, horn of plenty - a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
death's head - a human skull (or a representation of a human skull) used as a symbol of death
oriflamme - an inspiring symbol or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
white feather - a symbol of cowardice
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

symbol

noun
1. metaphor, image, allegory, sign, representation, token To them the monarchy is a special symbol of nationhood.
2. representation, sign, figure, mark, type, image, token, logo, badge, emblem, glyph I frequently use sunflowers as symbols of strength.
3. sign, mark, letter, character, hieroglyph, ideogram What's the chemical symbol for mercury?

symbol

noun
1. An object associated with and serving to identify something else:
2. A conventional mark used in a writing system:
verb
To serve as an example, image, or symbol of:
Translations
symbol
symbol
symboli
simbol
szimbólum
tákn
象徴
상징
simboliškaisimboliškassimbolizmas
simbols
simbolznak
symboltecken
สัญลักษณ์
biểu tượng

symbol

[ˈsɪmbəl] N
1. (= representation) → símbolo m
she became a symbol of hope to the downtroddense convirtió en un símbolo de esperanza para los oprimidos
2. (Chem) → símbolo m (Math) → signo m
the chemical symbol for mercuryel símbolo químico del mercurio

symbol

[ˈsɪmbəl] nsymbole m

symbol

n
Symbol nt, → Zeichen nt(of für)
(Comput) → Sonderzeichen nt; “insert symbolSonderzeichen einfügen

symbol

[ˈsɪmbl] nsimbolo

symbol

(ˈsimbəl) noun
a thing that is regarded as representing or standing for another. The dove is the symbol of peace.
symˈbolic (-ˈbo-) adjective
In the Christian religion, bread and wine are symbolic of Christ's body and blood.
symˈbolically adverb
ˈsymbolize, ˈsymbolise verb
to be a symbol of or represent by a symbol. A ring symbolizes everlasting love.
ˈsymbolism noun

symbol

رَمْز symbol symbol Symbol σύμβολο símbolo symboli symbole simbol simbolo 象徴 상징 symbool symbol symbol símbolo символ symbol สัญลักษณ์ sembol biểu tượng 象征

sym·bol

n. símbolo, representación o señal que sustituye o representa en la práctica otra cosa o idea.
References in classic literature ?
True, I feel at home in the society of these symbols of life's immutability.
One could not stand and watch very long without becoming philosophical, without beginning to deal in symbols and similes, and to hear the hog squeal of the universe.
Knitted, in her own stitches and her own symbols, it will always be as plain to her as the sun.
I used at first to wonder what comfort Traddles found in drawing skeletons; and for some time looked upon him as a sort of hermit, who reminded himself by those symbols of mortality that caning couldn't last for ever.
Minds that have been unhinged from their old faith and love, have perhaps sought this Lethean influence of exile, in which the past becomes dreamy because its symbols have all vanished, and the present too is dreamy because it is linked with no memories.
It is good for us to see happy people, good for the symbols of happiness to be carried high amidst us on occasion; for if they serve no other purpose, they inspire in us the hope that we too may some day be happy, or remind our discontented hearts that we have been.
What, then, would it avail the reader to know their names, or the evanescent symbols of their martial rank!
Other inventors had worked from the standpoint of the telegraph; and they never did, and never could, get any better results than signs and symbols.
In the eleventh century the emperors enjoyed full sovereignty: In the fifteenth they had little more than the symbols and decorations of power.
At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life.
The other,"--here he caught sight of the strange symbols as he opened the envelope, and the dark look came into his face, and his eyes blazed wickedly,--"The other is a vile thing, an outrage upon friendship and hospitality
Through them the symbols of the mandarin duck and drake, the one-winged birds, the tree whose boughs are interwoven, are revealed.