Definition for SYM'BOL

SYM'BOL, n. [L. symbolum; Gr. συμβολον; συν, with, and βαλλω, to throw; συμβαλλω, to compare.]

  1. The sign or representation of any moral thing by the images or properties of natural things. Thus the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience. Symbols are of various kinds, as types, enigmas, parables, fables, allegories, emblems, hieroglyphics, &c. – Encyc.
  2. An emblem or representation of something else. Thus in the eucharist, the bread and wine are called symbols of the body and blood of Christ.
  3. A letter or character which is significant. The Chinese letters are most of them symbols. The symbols in algebra are arbitrary.
  4. In medals, a certain mark or figure representing a being or thing, as a trident is the symbol of Neptune, the peacock of Juno, &c.
  5. Among Christians, an abstract or compendium; the creed, or a summary of the articles of religion. – Baker.
  6. Lot; sentence of adjudication. [Not in use.] – Taylor.

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