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The musical instrument is spelled cymbal.
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Symbols are objects, pictures, or other concrete representations of ideas, concepts, or other abstractions. For example, in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain, a red octagon is a symbol for "STOP". The term symbol has many context dependent meanings, for example: In general usage, a symbol is defined as (1) an arbitrary or conventional sign, or (2) something that stands for or suggests something else (Merriam–Webster). ... For the Japanese rock band, see Cymbals (band). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... WordNet gives four main senses for the English noun object: a physical entity; something that is within the grasp of the senses; an aim, target or objective — see Object (task); a grammatical Object — either a direct object or an indirect object the focus of cognitions or feelings. ... For images in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Images. ... For a thought or concept, see idea. ... A concept is an abstract, universal psychical entity that serves to designate a category or class of entities, events or relations. ... An abstraction is an idea, concept, or word which defines the phenomena which make up the concrete events or things which the abstraction refers to, the referents. ... For other uses, see Octagon (disambiguation). ...

Common examples of symbols are the symbols used on maps to denote places of interest, such as crossed sabres to indicate a battlefield, and the numerals used to represent numbers. Common psychological symbols are the use of a gun to represent a penis or a tunnel to represent a vagina. [1] See: phallic symbol and yonic symbol. A numeral is a symbol or group of symbols that represents a number. ... For other uses, see Number (disambiguation). ... The penis (plural penises, penes) is an external male sexual organ. ... The vagina, (from Latin, literally sheath or scabbard ) is the tubular tract leading from the uterus to the exterior of the body in female placental mammals and marsupials, or to the cloaca in female birds, monotremes, and some reptiles. ... Mural of Mercury in Pompeii. ... It has been suggested that Yoni worship be merged into this article or section. ...

All languages are made up of symbols. The word "cat", whether spoken or written, is not a cat but a sequence of symbols that represent a cat.



The word "symbol" came to the English language by way of Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from the Greek σύμβολον (sýmbolon) from the root words συν- (syn-) meaning "together" and βολή (bolē) "a throw", having the approximate meaning of "to throw together", literally a "co-incidence" (zu-fall), also "sign, ticket, or contract". The earliest attestation of the term is in the Homeric Hymn to Hermes where Hermes on seeing the tortoise exclaims συμβολον ηδη μοι "symbolon [symbol/sign/portent/encounter/chance find?] of joy to me!" before turning it into a lyre. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Middle English is the name given by historical linguistics to the diverse forms of the English language spoken between the Norman invasion of 1066 and the mid-to-late 15th century, when the Chancery Standard, a form of London-based English, began to become widespread, a process aided by the... Old French was the Romance dialect continuum spoken in territories corresponding roughly to the northern half of modern France and parts of modern Belgium and Switzerland from around 1000 to 1300. ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... The anonymous Homeric Hymns are a collection of ancient Greek hymns. ... For other uses, see Hermes (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Tortoise (disambiguation). ... “Lyres” redirects here. ...

The symbolate

A technical term for an object that serves as a symbol is a symbolate. For example, a scepter[1] is a symbol of royal power. In addition to being a symbol, a scepter is also an object which can be picked up and wielded, and which only fulfills its symbolic purpose when it is wielded by a monarch. Louis XIV, king of France and Navarre (Painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701). ...

Objects have physical properties; a scepter is essentially a rod with ornamentation. A rod only becomes a scepter when the people viewing the rod accept it as a scepter.

An alien from outer space might describe a royal audience as follows: A human Homo sapiens wrapped in fibers reflecting light at the high end of the visible frequency range moved an ornamented rod against gravity, at which time other individuals ceased emitting complex sound waves. A human would say that the monarch dressed in a purple robe waved the scepter to silence the crowd. Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man) is the scientific name for the human species. ...

What is the difference between these two meanings? Leslie White approached the question in an effort to define cultural objects, such as a law, a constitution, a marriage ceremony. All the nouns in the paragraph above are cultural objects: the monarch, the robe, the scepter, the language, and the subjects. Leslie Alvin White ([19 January [1900]], Salida Colorado -- 31 March 1975) was an anthropologist known for his advocacy of theories of cultural evolution and his role in creating the department of anthropology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. ... For other uses, see Culture (disambiguation). ...

For other uses, see Alchemy (disambiguation). ... Applied Drama is an umbrella term for the wider use of drama practice in a specific social context and environment. ... Asemic writing is an open semantic form of writing. ... A check (also check mark, tick) is a dipper-shaped mark. ... Mac OS X allows continuous scaling of icons up to 128x128 pixels A computer icon is a small pictogram, usually ranging from 16 by 16 pixels up to 128 by 128 pixels, which represents a file, folder, application or device on a computer operating system. ... This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. ... Rather unusually, these Angels wear white hart (deer) badges, with the personal emblem of King Richard II of England, who commissioned this, the Wilton diptych, about 1400. ... A font can mean: A member of a typeface family; or digital font - file format that encapsulates a typeface family in a database. ... variant glyphs representing the character a (allographs of a) in the Zapfino typeface. ... In typography, a grapheme is the atomic unit in written language. ... This article is about the religious artifacts. ... American cultural icons. ... Like many other organizations and communities, members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) community have adopted certain symbols by which they are identified and by which they demonstrate unity, pride, shared values, and allegiance to one another. ... The frequency of letters in text has often been studied for use in cryptography, and frequency analysis in particular. ... There are thousands of symbols that are recognized by most people all over the world, and many more that are limited to certain regions, religions, sciences, etc. ... This is a list of graphical signs, icons, and symbols. ... For other uses, see Logo (disambiguation). ... This article or section should include material from logo design, discuss it at Talk:Logo design A logotype, commonly known as a logo, is the graphic element of a trademark or brand, which is set in a special typeface/font, or arranged in a particular, but legible, way. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... A national symbol is a symbol of any entity considering itself and manifesting itself to the world as a national community – namely sovereign states, but also nations and countries in a state of colonial or other dependence, (con)federal integration, or even an ethnocultural community considered a nationality despite the... Religious symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes, acts, artwork, events, or natural phenomena, by a religion. ... The term punctuation has two different linguistic meanings: in general, the act and the effect of punctuating, i. ... It is generally agreed that people know and understand the world and reality through the act of naming it; thus, through language and representations (Oxford English Dictionary, cited in Vukcevich 2002). ... Coined by Jean Baudrillard, second-order simulacra are symbols without referents. ... Semiotics, semiotic studies, or semiology is the study of signs and symbols, both individually and grouped into sign systems. ... In general linguistics Ferdinand de Saussure described a sign as a combination of a concept and a sound-image. ... Siglas Poveiras that serve as a base to most used symbols. ... In digital communications, the symbol rate is the bit rate divided by the number of bits transmitted in each symbol. ... The Symbol Grounding Problem is related to the problem of how words get their meanings, and of what meanings are. ... The following table lists many specialized symbols commonly used in mathematics. ... A specimen of roman typefaces by William Caslon Typography is the art and techniques of type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type. ... The following Unicode ranges encode Symbols (as opposed to graphemes): punctuation General Punctuation (2000–206F) Supplemental Punctuation (2E00–2E7F) alphanumeric variants (see also Unicode Latin, Unicode Phonetic Symbols) Superscripts and Subscripts (2070–209F) Letterlike Symbols (2100–214F) Currency Symbols (20A0–20CF) Number Forms (2150–218F) Enclosed Alphanumerics (2460–24FF) arrows...



  1. ^ David G. Myers, Psychology, Worth Publishers; 7th edition (June 6, 2004) ISBN 0716752514 ISBN-13 978-0716752516, p. 282

Other references

  • Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Unabridged, W.A. Neilson, T.A. Knott, P.W. Carhart (eds.), G. & C. Merriam Company, Springfield, MA, 1950.

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