Meaning of SYMBOL in English

SYMBOL

(~s)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.

1.

Something that is a ~ of a society or an aspect of life seems to represent it because it is very typical of it.

To them, the monarchy is the special ~ of nationhood...

She was put under house arrest two years ago but remained a powerful ~ in last year’s election.

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2.

A ~ of something such as an idea is a shape or design that is used to represent it.

I frequently use sunflowers as ~s of strength.

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3.

A ~ for an item in a calculation or scientific formula is a number, letter, or shape that represents that item.

What’s the chemical ~ for mercury?

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4.

see also sex ~ , status ~

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