A sign; a token; a representation of one thing by another. A letter that stands for something. A symbolical delivery is equivalent, in many cases, in its legal effects, to actual delivery; as, for example, the delivery of the keys of a warehouse in which goods are deposited, is a delivery sufficient to transfer the property.
- n. A visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.
- (Math.) Any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation. In crystallography, the symbol of a plane is the numerical expression which defines its position relatively to the assumed axes.
- (Theol.) An abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion. That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty. Share; allotment.
- (Chem.) An abbreviation standing for the name of an element ...