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sym·bol  (smbl)
1. Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible. See Synonyms at sign.
2. A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, element, quantity, quality, or relation, as in mathematics or music.
3. Psychology An object or image that an individual unconsciously uses to represent repressed thoughts, feelings, or impulses: a phallic symbol.
tr.v. sym·boled, sym·bol·ing, sym·bols
To symbolize.

[Middle English symbole, creed, from Old French, from Latin symbolum, token, mark, from Greek sumbolon, token for identification (by comparison with a counterpart) : sun-, syn- + ballein, to throw; see gwel- in Indo-European roots.]

symbol [ˈsɪmbəl]
1. something that represents or stands for something else, usually by convention or association, esp a material object used to represent something abstract
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an object, person, idea, etc., used in a literary work, film, etc., to stand for or suggest something else with which it is associated either explicitly or in some more subtle way
3. (Mathematics) a letter, figure, or sign used in mathematics, science, music, etc. to represent a quantity, phenomenon, operation, function, etc.
4. (Psychoanalysis) Psychoanal the end product, in the form of an object or act, of a conflict in the unconscious between repression processes and the actions and thoughts being repressed the symbols of dreams
5. (Psychology) Psychol any mental process that represents some feature of external reality
vb -bols, -bolling, -bolled US, -bols -boling, -boled
(tr) another word for symbolize
[from Church Latin symbolum, from Greek sumbolon sign, from sumballein to throw together, from syn- + ballein to throw]

symbol  (smbl)
A conventional, printed or written figure used to represent an operation, element, quantity, relation, unit of measurement, phenomenon, or descriptor. Also called sign.

symbol  /smbl/  n. 1 a sign, mark, picture, other object, or event taken or understood to be the representation of s.t. else, esp. s.t. important or meaningful: The symbol of our country is displayed on our flag.||The road signs use symbols to give information and warnings. 2 a written character that is part of a special language or sign system: The book contains symbols that I cannot read. 3 signs used in mathematics, chemistry, or other sciences symbol

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