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 &ellipsis; 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.