verb (used with object), sym·boled, sym·bol·ing or (especially British) sym·bolled, sym·bol·ling.
- symbol retailer,
- symbolic code,
- symbolic interactionism,
- symbolic language
Origin of symbol
Examples from the Web for symbols
They are 'other,' newly visible, and symbols of the social and, by extension, economic changes in society and in New York.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones|Jay Michaelson|October 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In some cases, armed groups target teachers and schools because they see them as symbols of the government.
But man is a symbol-making creature, so what is he to do but make a plan that makes use of these symbols?Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!|Michael Carson|September 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rwanda and Ethiopia, symbols in the past of death and mayhem, are now among the fastest-growing economies in the world.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When we arrived into Lalish, arches with symbols representing the sun indicated we were nearing the temple complex.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A procession of symbols representing scorpions and tarantulas embellished one of the rug's many border stripes.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
A variety of symbols is here employed to represent the judgment to be inflicted.Notes On The Apocalypse|David Steele
As it is, the two symbols are welded together not without strength and cunning of hand.William Blake|Algernon Charles Swinburne
Strange as it may seem at first sight, the symbols of fire were stones.
They have a schematic representation of the world, reduced to a hierarchy of general ideas, noted by symbols.Essay on the Creative Imagination|Th. Ribot
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").
An object or name that stands for something else, especially a material thing that stands for something that is not material. The bald eagle is a symbol of the United States of America. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. The Star of David is a symbol of Judaism.
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.