- The definition of an icon is a graphic representation of something, a person or thing that is symbolic or is a noted figure.
- 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.
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- 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
- any person or thing that is revered
- someone or something regarded as embodying the essential characteristics of an era, group, etc.
Origin: L from Glassical Greek eikōn, an image, figure (in LGr, sacred image) from Indo-European base an unverified form weik-, to resemble from source Lithuanian į-vỹkti, to happen, become true
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- 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: “Voyager will take its place … alongside such icons of airborne adventure as The Spirit of St. Louis and [the] Bell X-1” (William D. Marbach).
- 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).
- Computer Science A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
Origin: From Greek eikōn, from eikenai, to be like, seem.
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(1) (Icon, capital "I") A high-level programming language for Windows, Mac and Unix that is maintained by The University of Arizona at Tucson. Icon provides extensive string handling similar to languages such as SNOBOL, but uses ALGOL syntax and structure. Its unique features include the automatic generation of multiple outputs, such as a range of integers or strings, and goal-directed expressions that seek a successful outcome. Jcon is a Java-based implementation. For more information, visit www.cs.arizona.edu/icon.
(2) (icon, small "i") A small, on-screen, graphic element that represents an application, file or hardware resource. Clicking the icon or touching it with the finger or stylus selects the item that the icon references. On Web pages, graphic elements are widely used to link to other pages, but are generally called "graphic links" rather than icons. See hypertext and emoticon.
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