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Definition of "symbol" []

  • Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible. See Synonyms at sign. (noun)
  • A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, element, quantity, quality, or relation, as in mathematics or music. (noun)
  • Psychology An object or image that an individual unconsciously uses to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses: a phallic symbol. (noun)
  • To symbolize. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "symbol" in a sentence
  • "Moreover it is quite clear that while, as will be shown hereafter, the symbol of the cross had for ages been a Pagan symbol of Life, it can, as already stated, scarcely be said to have become a Christian _symbol_ before the days of Constantine."
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  • ""Not at all," said Freeborn; "that was Melancthon's doctrine; he explained away a cardinal truth into a mere matter of words; he made faith a mere symbol, but this is a departure from the pure gospel: faith is the _instrument_, not a _symbol_ of justification."