Monday, 11 August 2014


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For other makes use of, see Symbol (disambiguation).
"Symbology" redirects here. For other makes use of, see Symbology (disambiguation).

A red octagon symbolizes "stop" even without the word.
A symbol is an object that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, visual picture, belief, action, or material entity. Symbols take the kind of words, sounds, gestures, or visual images & are used to convey ideas & beliefs. For example, a red octagon could be a symbol for "STOP". On a map, a picture of a tent might represent a campsite. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose symbolizes love & compassion.

In cartography, an organized collection of symbols forms a legend for a map.

Contents [hide]
one Etymology
two Definitions
three Symbols & semiotics
four Psychoanalysis, rhetoric, & archetypes
five Paul Tillich
6 Role of context in symbolism
6.1 Historical meaning
6.2 Context
7 Symbolic action
8 See also
9 Notes
ten Outside links

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