Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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SYM'BOL, noun [Latin symbolum; Gr. with, and to throw; 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, etc.

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 June, etc.

5. Among christians, an abstract or compendium; the creed, or a summary of the articles of religion.

6. Lot; sentence of adjudication. [Not in use.]