Glyph meaning

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A symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised.
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A symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally.
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A pictograph or other symbolic character or sign, esp. when cut into a surface or carved in relief.
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(archit.) A vertical channel or groove.
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A displayed or printed image. In typography, a glyph may be a single letter, an accent mark or a ligature. See grapheme.
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A figure carved in relief or incised, especially representing a sound, word, or idea.
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Any non-verbal symbol that imparts information.
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(typography, computing) A visual representation of a letter, character, or symbol, in a specific font and style.
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(architecture) A vertical groove.
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(architecture) A vertical groove, especially in a Doric column or frieze.
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Origin of glyph

  • Greek gluphē carving from gluphein to carve gleubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1727. From French glyphe, from Ancient Greek γλυφή (gluphē, “carving”), from γλύφω (gluphō, “I carve, engrave”).

    From Wiktionary