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This page has 17 definitions of symbol with English translations in 7 languages. Symbol is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use symbol in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

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English symbol definition

Etymology

Symbols of various religions.

From French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign), from συμβάλλω (sumbállō, I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion), from σύν (sún, with, together) + βάλλω (bállō, I throw, put).

Pronunciation

Noun

symbol (plural symbols)

  1. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
    $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
    Chinese people use word symbols for writing.
  2. A thing considered the embodiment of a concept or object.
    The lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.
  3. (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.
  4. 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.
  5. (crystallography) The numerical expression which defines a plane's position relative to the assumed axes.
  6. (obsolete) That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.
    • 1651–1653, Jer[emy] Taylor, ΕΝΙΑΥΤΟΣ [Eniautos]. A Course of Sermons for All the Sundays of the Year. [], 2nd edition, London: [] Richard Royston [], published 1655, OCLC 1051524189:
      They do their work in the days of peace [] and come to pay their symbol in a war or in a plague.
  7. (obsolete) Share; allotment.
  8. (programming) An internal identifier used by a debugger to relate parts of the compiled program to the corresponding names in the source code.
  9. (telecommunications) A signalling event on a communications channel; a signal that cannot be further divided into meaningful information.

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Verb

symbol (third-person singular simple present symbols, present participle symboling or symbolling, simple past and past participle symboled or symbolled)

  1. To symbolize.
    • 1877, Alfred Tennyson, Harold: A Drama, London: Henry S. King & Co., OCLC 1246230498, Act V, scene i, page 128:
      [] They told me that the Holy Rood had lean'd / And bow'd above me; [] / [I]f it bow'd, whether it symbol'd ruin / Or glory, who shall tell?

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Czech symbol definition

Etymology

From Latin symbolum.

Noun

symbol m

  1. symbol

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Further reading

  • symbol in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • symbol in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

Danish symbol definition

Etymology

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign), via Latin symbolum.

Pronunciation

Noun

symbol n (singular definite symbolet, plural indefinite symboler)

  1. symbol

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Norwegian Bokmål symbol definition

Etymology

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon) via Latin symbolum.

Noun

symbol n (definite singular symbolet, indefinite plural symbol or symboler, definite plural symbola or symbolene)

  1. a symbol

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Norwegian Nynorsk symbol definition

Etymology

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon) via Latin symbolum.

Noun

symbol n (definite singular symbolet, indefinite plural symbol, definite plural symbola)

  1. a symbol

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Polish symbol definition

Etymology

Borrowed from French symbole, from Latin symbolum, from Ancient Greek σῠ́μβολον (súmbolon).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈsɨm.bɔl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɨmbɔl
  • Syllabification: sym‧bol

Noun

symbol m inan

  1. symbol

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adjective
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verb

Further reading

  • symbol in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • symbol in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Swedish symbol definition

Etymology

From Latin symbolum, cognate with English symbol. Compare also Danish symbol, Norwegian Nynorsk symbol, and Norwegian Bokmål symbol.

Pronunciation

Noun

symbol c

  1. symbol

Declension

Declension of symbol 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative symbol symbolen symboler symbolerna
Genitive symbols symbolens symbolers symbolernas

Derived terms

  • färgsymbol
  • nationalsymbol
  • natursymbol
  • partisymbol
  • planetsymbol
  • rättssymbol
  • samlingssymbol
  • symboldikt
  • symbolfigur
  • symbolfråga
  • symbolfunktion
  • symbolgestalt
  • symbolhandling
  • symbolik
  • symboliker
  • symbolisera
  • symbolisering
  • symbolisk
  • symbolism
  • symbolist
  • symbolistisk
  • symbolladdad
  • symbolmättad
  • symbolspråk
  • symbolvärde
  • symbolvärld
  • symbolåtgärd
  • varningssymbol
 

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Welsh symbol definition

Alternative forms

Etymology

From English symbol, from French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign).

Pronunciation

Usage notes

Being a word borrowed from English derived from Greek, the y in symbol is pronounced /ɨ̞, ɪ/ rather than expected /ə/. To preserve consistency between pronunciation and spelling, some prefer to spell this word sumbol. Nevertheless, symbol is the more common spelling of the two. See pyramid/puramid, synthesis/sunthesis, system/sustem for similar examples.

Noun

symbol m (plural symbolau, not mutable)

  1. symbol

Derived terms

  • symbolaeth (symbolism)
  • symbolaidd (symbolic)
  • symboleiddio (symbolise)
  • symbolwr (symbolist)
  • symbolydd (symbolist)

Further reading

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “symbol”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies