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 (ĭd′ē-ŏg′rə-fē, ī′dē-)
1. The representation of ideas by graphic symbols.
2. The use of ideograms to express ideas.
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(Linguistics) the use of ideograms to communicate ideas
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(ˌɪd iˈɒg rə fi, ˌaɪ di-)

the use of ideograms.
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a form of writing in which a written symbol represents an object rather than a word or speech sound. — ideographic, ideographical, adj.
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Noun1.ideography - the use of ideograms in writing
orthography, writing system - a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
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Frege's logic is essentially a first-person engagement, as each of us can make use of the ideography as a science of logic only if we ourselves have made the relevant judgments.
If the symmetry between "the musicality of the poetry" and "the ideography of the character" serves as an instrument for criticizing the existing discourse, the frontier extends beyond the mainland through Prusek and Chen Shih-hsiang, further providing a path of discourse able to negotiate with the narrative of the mainland, overcoming any unilinear political ideology or geographic boundaries.
The use of focus group interviews contributed to all the individual narrations in IPA and draws upon phenomenology, hermeneutics, and ideography (Pietkiewicz & Smith, 2012).
Framed as such, the narrative situates Ethiopia within the ideography of the Global War on Terror and the good-versus-evil framework within which the values, images, connotations, and meanings associated with terrorism are enacted and institutionalized.
(a) [ [??]"p" is true[??]] must be regarded as misleading and excluded from formulation in "a correct ideography" [the ideal object language of the Tractatus].
These universes are what Pierre Levy (2001) describes as 'dynamic ideography'.
Since writing always contains the elements of iconography, ideography and phonology, cannot be identical with itself.
The new method, as Salvador Dali himself states, is not only an attempt to draw attention to the weaknesses of ordinary perception and understanding,--"pure, psychic automatism, dreams, experimental oneirism, Surrealist Objects functioning symbolically, instinctive ideography, phosphenic and hypnagogic irritation appear to us today by "themselves" as nonevolutive processes--but also an effort to order "irrational thinking" by means of a system of symbols, which should reconcile between one's immediate experience and complete abstraction (Dali 1998f: 266).
Specialized contexts may be identified in which ideography is operative within a particular social group or cultural niche.
Western designers need to be aware of and cautious about ideography. Any perceptible pattern seen in a plan, site map, cross section, or elevation that approximates Chinese pictograms that may be associated with misfortune are to be eschewed.