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 ... 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 ... 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) ...
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. ...
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 Egypt, call their currency "the pound" but do not use the £ symbol ...
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 ...

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    The symbol of perpetual youth, the grass-blade, like a long green ribbon, streams from the sod into the summer, checked indeed by the frost, but anon pushing on again, lifting its spear of last year’s hay with the fresh life below. It grows as steadily as the rill oozes out of the ground.... So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The glance is natural magic. The mysterious communication established across a house between two entire strangers, moves all the springs of wonder. The communication by the glance is in the greatest part not subject to the control of the will. It is the bodily symbol of identity with nature. We look into the eyes to know if this other form is another self, and the eyes will not lie, but make a faithful confession what inhabitant is there.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty—his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
    Aldous Huxley (1894–1963)