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1. A picture representing a word, phrase, or idea, especially one used in early writing systems.
2. A pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures. In both senses also called pictogram.

[Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -graph.]

pic′to·graph′ic adj.
pic′to·graph′i·cal·ly adv.
pic·tog′ra·phy (pĭk-tŏg′rə-fē) n.


(ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf)
1. (Linguistics) a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
2. a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption
[C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint]
pictographic adj
pictography n


(ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf)

1. a single pictorial sign or symbol, as in a system of picture writing.
2. a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a graph or chart with figures representing a certain number of people, objects, etc.
3. a painting or drawing on a rock wall or the like by ancient or prehistoric peoples.
[1850–55; < Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph]
pic`to•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pictograph - a graphic character used in picture writingpictograph - a graphic character used in picture writing
grapheme, graphic symbol, character - a written symbol that is used to represent speech; "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"


[ˈpɪktəgrɑːf] N
1. (= record, chart) → pictografía f
2. (Ling) (= symbol) → pictograma m; (= writing) → pictografía f
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