See also: Symbol

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

 
Symbols of various religions.

From French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign), from συμβάλλω (sumbállō, I throw together, dash together, compare, correspond, tally, come to a conclusion), from σύν (sún, with, together) + βάλλω (bállō, I throw, put).

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symbol (plural symbols)

  1. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
    $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
    Chinese people use word symbols for writing.
  2. A thing considered the embodiment of a concept or object.
    The lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.
  3. (linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form refers to the same entity independently of the context; a symbol arbitrarily denotes a referent. See also icon and index.
  4. A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith.
    The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.
  5. (crystallography) The numerical expression which defines a plane's position relative to the assumed axes.
  6. (obsolete) That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.
    • 1673, Jeremy Taylor, Heniaytos: A Course of Sermons for All the Sundays of the Year []
      They do their work in the days of peace [] and come to pay their symbol in a war or in a plague.
  7. (obsolete) Share; allotment.
    • 1673, Jeremy Taylor, Heniaytos: A Course of Sermons for All the Sundays of the Year []
      The persons who are to be judged [] shall all appear to receive their symbol.
  8. (programming) An internal identifier used by a debugger to relate parts of the compiled program to the corresponding names in the source code.
  9. (telecommunications) A signalling event on a communications channel; a signal that cannot be further divided into meaningful information.

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symbol (third-person singular simple present symbols, present participle symboling or symbolling, simple past and past participle symboled or symbolled)

  1. To symbolize.
    • 1877, Alfred Tennyson, Harold: A Drama, London: Henry S. King & Co., OCLC 1246230498, Act V, scene i, page 128:
      [] They told me that the Holy Rood had lean'd / And bow'd above me; [] / [I]f it bow'd, whether it symbol'd ruin / Or glory, who shall tell?

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CzechEdit

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symbol m

  1. symbol

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  • symbol in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • symbol in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989

DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign).

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symbol n (singular definite symbolet, plural indefinite symboler)

  1. symbol

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

 
Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon)

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symbol n (definite singular symbolet, indefinite plural symbol or symboler, definite plural symbola or symbolene)

  1. a symbol

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Norwegian NynorskEdit

 
Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon)

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symbol n (definite singular symbolet, indefinite plural symbol, definite plural symbola)

  1. a symbol

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PolishEdit

 
Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

EtymologyEdit

From French symbole, from Latin symbolum, from Ancient Greek σῠ́μβολον (súmbolon).

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symbol m inan

  1. symbol

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  • symbol in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • symbol in Polish dictionaries at PWN

SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin symbolum, cognate with English symbol.

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symbol c

  1. symbol

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Declension of symbol 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative symbol symbolen symboler symbolerna
Genitive symbols symbolens symbolers symbolernas

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EtymologyEdit

From English symbol, from French symbole, from Latin symbolus, symbolum (a sign, mark, token, symbol, in Late Latin also a creed), from Ancient Greek σύμβολον (súmbolon, a sign by which one infers something; a mark, token, badge, ticket, tally, check, a signal, watchword, outward sign).

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Being a word borrowed from English derived from Greek, the y in symbol is pronounced /ɨ̞, ɪ/ rather than expected /ə/. To preserve consistency between pronunciation and spelling, some prefer to spell this word sumbol. Nevertheless, symbol is the more common spelling of the two. See pyramid/puramid, synthesis/sunthesis, system/sustem for similar examples.

NounEdit

symbol m (plural symbolau, not mutable)

  1. symbol

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Further readingEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “symbol”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies