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A symbol is a Visible Entity that is intended to act as a Referencer and can be distinguished from other symbols.



  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒
    • S: (n) symbol (an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance)
    • S: (n) symbol, symbolization, symbolisation, symbolic representation (something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible) "the eagle is a symbol of the United States"
    • Noun
      • 1. A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.
        • $ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.
        • is the hash symbol.
      • 2. Any object, typically material, which is meant to represent another (usually abstract) even if there is no meaningful relationship.
        • The dollar symbol has no relationship to the concept of currency or any related idea.
      • 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.