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 ?
"No, captain, to 'Ancient Science.' 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.
Not only do they have the chance to enjoy the acclaimed production - 'Rebus: Long Shadows' - at the Theatre Royal, they might also find themselves rubbing shoulders with its famous author Ian Rankin.
Up until recently Rebus had been played by former Coronation Street star Charles Lawson but due to TV commitments he has had to leave the production.
The set is sparse but somehow all the more dramatic for it and the use of shadowy lighting for the apparitions of the murdered women failed by Rebus was a real winner.
A different case sees Rebus investigating a young man jailed for inexplicably murdering his girlfriend.
Retired, on the wagon, and haunted by the ghosts of murders he failed to solve in the past, a suitably miserable Rebus is faced with an ongoing investigation that, ironically, might put the ageing sleuth behind bars.
Celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Rankin's first Rebus title were held last month in Edinburgh at RebusFest.
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.