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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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 ... In Spring the tulips come into flower and is one of the symbols for Imakane ...
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 ... "the pound" but do not use the £ symbol ...
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. ...
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) ...

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Famous quotes containing the word symbol:

    A symbol is indeed the only possible expression of some invisible essence, a transparent lamp about a spiritual flame; while allegory is one of many possible representations of an embodied thing, or familiar principle, and belongs to fancy and not to imagination: the one is a revelation, the other an amusement.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The truth has never been of any real value to any human being—it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
    Graham Greene (1904–1991)

    No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol—cross or crescent or whatever—that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race.
    William Faulkner (1897–1962)