Icons on a smartphone.
- An example of an icon is the "home" or "finder" icon on your computer.
- An example of an icon is a beautiful celebrity who is the best example of the western ideal of beauty.
- An example of an icon is a painting of Jesus Christ.
- an image; figure; representation
- any of various stylized figures, as displayed on a microcomputer screen, representing available functions or resources
- Eastern Orthodox Ch. an image or picture of Jesus, Mary, a saint, etc., venerated as sacred; specif., such an image painted on a wooden panel
- any person or thing that is revered
- someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.
Origin of iconClassical Latin from Classical Greek eik?n, an image, figure (in LGr, sacred image) from Indo-European base an unverified form weik-, to resemble from source Lithuanian ?-vykti, to happen, become true
- also i·kon a. An image; a representation.b. A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church.
- An important and enduring symbol: “The disposable lighter is an icon of the throwaway mentality that began to take shape in the years following World War II” ( Susan Freinkel )
- One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: “He is … a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation” ( Harry F. Waters )
- Computers A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
Origin of iconLatin īcōn from Greek eikōn from eikenai to be like, seem
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- An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
- A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.
- A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
- That man is an icon in the business; he personifies loyalty and good business sense.
- A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
- (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
- Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.
From Latin icon, from Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikōn, “likeness, image, portrait”). Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982.
icon - Computer Definition
(1) See Icon language.
(2) A small graphic symbol on screen that represents an action or a resource such as an application, file, folder, menu or setting. Clicking or tapping the icon selects the item. On Web pages, icons are also used as a link to other pages (see hypergraphic). See emoji. Often Overused When graphics-based interfaces (GUIs) began to replace command lines starting in the mid-1980s, icons were often used without accompanying text. In order to use a program smoothly, users had to memorize the symbols; otherwise, they had to hover the cursor over the icon and wait a couple seconds for a text explanation to hopefully appear. Even today, software designers create interfaces as if users never ran anything but their single application, resulting in myriad hieroglyphics users must remember.