The Jack o'lantern is a symbol of Halloween.
An example of symbol is a jack o' lantern representing Halloween.
- something that stands for, represents, or suggests another thing; specif.,
- an object used to represent something abstract: the dove is a symbol of peace
- a stylized emblem: an upside-down is a peace symbol
- a person who represents a quality, movement, etc.: a sex symbol
- a written or printed mark, letter, abbreviation, etc. standing for an object, quality, process, quantity, etc., as in music, mathematics, or chemistry
- Psychoanalysis an act or object representing an unconscious desire that has been repressed
Origin of symbolfrom French and L: French symbole from Classical Latin symbolus, symbolum from Classical Greek symbolon, token, pledge, sign by which one infers a thing from symballein, to throw together, compare from syn-, together + ballein, to throw: see ball
transitive verb-·boled or -·bolled, -·bol·ing or -·bol·ling
- a. Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible: The lamb is a symbol of innocence.b. An instance that typifies a broader pattern or situation: His striking out to end the rally was a symbol of everything that had gone wrong with the team over the past month.
- A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, element, quantity, quality, or relation, as in mathematics or music.
- Psychology An object or image that an individual unconsciously uses to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses: a phallic symbol.
Origin of symbolMiddle English symbole creed from Old French from Latin symbolum token, mark from Greek sumbolon token for identification (by comparison with a counterpart) sun- syn- ballein to throw ; see gwelə- in Indo-European roots.
- A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
- $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
- '#' is the octothorpe symbol.
- Chinese people use word symbols for writing.
- The lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.
- Any object, typically material, which is meant to represent another (usually abstract) even if there is no meaningful relationship.
- The dollar symbol has no relationship to the concept of currency or any related idea.
- (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form refers to the same entity independently of the context; a symbol arbitrarily denotes a referent. See also icon and index.
- A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith.
- The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.
- Visible traces or impressions, made using a writing device or tool, that are connected together and/or are slightly separated. Sometimes symbols represent objects or events that occupy space or things that are not physical and do not occupy space.
- (crystallography) The numerical expression which defines a plane's position relative to the assumed axes.
- That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.
- Share; allotment.
(third-person singular simple present symbols, present participle symboling or symbolling, simple past and past participle symboled or symbolled)
- To symbolize.
From French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (“a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed"), from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏÎ¼Î²Î¿Î»Î¿Î½ (sumbolon, “a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign"), from ÏƒÏ…Î¼Î²Î¬Î»Î»Ï‰ (sumballÅ, “I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion"), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (sun, “with, together") + Î²Î¬Î»Î»Ï‰ (ballÅ, “I throw, put")
symbol - Computer Definition
- A sign that has a specific meaning in a specific context, such as mathematics. For example, the Greek letter (lambda) is used in physics to mean wavelength, which is the inverse of frequency, represented by the Latin letter f.
- Something that represents or suggests something else, usually something abstract.
- In digital communications, the smallest amount of data transmitted at one time. In a purely digital system, such as a fiber optic transmission system (FOTS), a symbol is an individual bit. In a digital system involving modulation of an analog carrier waveform, a symbol is an individual baud, or signal change, which may represent multiple bits. In Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), a broadband LAN standard, a five-bit symbol represents a four-bit nibble. See also baud, bit, FDDI, intersymbol interference, LAN, modulation, and nibble.
In data compression, a unit of data (byte, floating point number, spoken word, etc.) that is treated independently.