- a pictorial sign or symbol.
- a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures representing a certain number of people, cars, factories, etc.
Origin of pictograph
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Examples from the Web for pictographic
Neither do his pictographic dramas have any resemblance to the covers from which his characters hail.Pulp Fictions
September 10, 2009
This writing is pictographic, and although not yet translated, appears to be a contract.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
The figures could be duplicated in the work of the ancient Pueblos, and in the pictographic art of many of our savage tribes.Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley
William H. Holmes
A pictographic painting--the Coat of Arms of the great family of Shewish hung upon the wall.
The figure at the base of the pictographic painting represents the mammoth whale upon whose back the whole creation rests.
The centre figure in the pictographic painting is a wolf grotesquely drawn.
- a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
- a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption
C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pictographic
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