What is symbol?

  • (noun): An arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance.
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A symbol is something that represents an idea, a process, or a physical entity. The purpose of a symbol is to communicate meaning. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love and compassion.

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Symbolic Action
... Symbolic action may overlap with symbolic speech, such as in the case of flag burning to express hostility or saluting the flag to express patriotism ... In response to intense public criticism, businesses, organizations, and governments may take symbolic actions rather than, or in addition to, directly addressing the identified problems. ...
Imakane, Hokkaidō - Symbol of The Town
... The symbol of Imakane comprises the meandering Toshibetsu River and the 1st letter of 農耕 (farming) which can be written in katakana as ノ and pronounced "no" ... This symbol was decided upon by a public competition on the town’s 70th anniversary (1967) Another symbol of Imakane is a large windmill located in the center of town where the old train station stood ... In Spring the tulips come into flower and is one of the symbols for Imakane ...
Bar (unit)
... Units derived from the bar are the megabar (symbol Mbar), kilobar (symbol kbar), decibar (symbol dbar), centibar (symbol cbar), and millibar (symbol mbar or mb) ...
2N7000 - Symbol
... The circuit symbol for the FET does not always show the internal diode formed by the substrate connection source to drain, as shown in this symbol ...
Pound Sign
... The pound sign (£ or ₤) is the symbol for the pound sterling—the currency of the United Kingdom (UK) ... The same symbol is (or was) used for similarly named currencies in some other countries and territories, such as the Irish pound, Gibraltar pound, Australian pound, and Italian lira ... currency "the pound" but do not use the £ symbol ...

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    Dylan is to me the perfect symbol of the anti-artist in our society. He is against everything—the last resort of someone who doesn’t really want to change the world.... Dylan’s songs accept the world as it is.
    Ewan MacColl (1915–1989)

    The counting-room maxims liberally expounded are laws of the Universe. The merchant’s economy is a coarse symbol of the soul’s economy. It is, to spend for power, and not for pleasure.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A pool is, for many of us in the West, a symbol not of affluence but of order, of control over the uncontrollable. A pool is water, made available and useful, and is, as such, infinitely soothing to the western eye.
    Joan Didion (b. 1934)