- 1A mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation: the symbol r in Figure 5 represents a gene which is ineffective the chemical symbol for helium is HeMore example sentences
- Musical notation for instruments, based on figures, letters, or other symbols instead of conventional staff notation.
- His contributions to algebraic symbolism were in using short Arabic words, or just their initial letters, as mathematical symbols.
- The difficult question is whether this behavior indicates that lexigrams function as symbols or names.
- 1.1A shape or sign used to represent something such as an organization, e.g. a red cross or a Star of David: the Red Cross symbol the Star of David, the Jewish symbolMore example sentences
- And soldiers who wear a cross or a Star of David must keep the symbols hidden.
- Choose a simple design with mostly satin stitching - large logos, shapes or symbols are ideal.
- Nazi symbols next to stars of David were used in their protests.
- 2A thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract: the limousine was another symbol of his wealth and authorityMore example sentences
- The wall stood as a grim symbol of the separation of free people and those living under dictatorships.
- His phone was also silver, a top of the range Nokia, a symbol of the material wealth modern young men can accrue if they choose life at sea.
- Material symbols of wealth such as luxury goods, expensive cars, and exclusive shops are visible everywhere.
verb (symbols, symbolling, symbolled; US symbols, symboling, symboled)[with object] • archaic Back to top
- Symbolize.More example sentences
- The first was symbol of the atonement the 2nd was to symbol the carrying away of sins.
- Craftsmen carved flowers or other patterns symboling good wishes into the doors, adding to the elegance and beauty of the dwellings.
- Nicole bought a silver charm bracelet with two hands on it symboling best friends.
late Middle English (denoting the Apostles' Creed): from Latin symbolum 'symbol, Creed (as the mark of a Christian)', from Greek sumbolon 'mark, token', from sun- 'with' + ballein 'to throw'.