verb (used with object), sym·boled, sym·bol·ing or (especially British) sym·bolled, sym·bol·ling.
Origin of symbol
Examples from the Web for symbol
Contemporary Examples of symbol
We see detoxing as a path to transcendence, a symbol of modern urban virtue and self-transformation through abstinence.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
It is now possible the building can be a symbol for progress.Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba
December 18, 2014
Conservative Muslim women in Turkey hailed Esme as a martyr and a symbol of female strength and resistance.Allah, Mom, and Baklava: Turkish President Uses Mothers and Kids as Political Pawns
November 27, 2014
In Wicca, the female goddess is represented by the Moon, a symbol of Mother Earth and fertility.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
She hoped to fashion them into a necklace, she said, as a symbol of the pain she had endured.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of symbol
Here, perchance, may be found a clue in symbol to the family strife.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He wished to be dressed completely in white, as a symbol of his innocence.
From the symbol of her degradation, she looked to the man whose action had placed it there.Within the Law
But was the "star and crescent" the symbol of the City of Constantine?The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
After her departure, I remarked that the symbol was none of the most apt.Chippings With A Chisel (From "Twice Told Tales")
verb -bols, -bolling or -bolled or US -bols, -boling or -boled
Word Origin for symbol
early 15c., "creed, summary, religious belief," from Late Latin symbolum "creed, token, mark," from Greek symbolon "token, watchword" (applied c.250 by Cyprian of Carthage to the Apostles' Creed, on the notion of the "mark" that distinguishes Christians from pagans), literally "that which is thrown or cast together," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam," from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).
The sense evolution in Greek is from "throwing things together" to "contrasting" to "comparing" to "token used in comparisons to determine if something is genuine." Hence, "outward sign" of something. The meaning "something which stands for something else" first recorded 1590 (in "Faerie Queene").
Something that represents or suggests something else. Symbols often take the form of words, visual images, or gestures that are used to convey ideas and beliefs. All human cultures use symbols to express the underlying structure of their social systems, to represent ideal cultural characteristics, such as beauty, and to ensure that the culture is passed on to new generations. Symbolic relationships are learned rather than biologically or naturally determined, and each culture has its own symbols.
see status symbol.