Meaning of SYMBOL in English
n. & v.
1. a thing conventionally regarded as typifying, representing, or recalling something, esp. an idea or quality (white is a symbol of purity).
2 a mark or character taken as the conventional sign of some object, idea, function, or process, e.g. the letters standing for the chemical elements or the characters in musical notation.
--v.tr. (symbolled, symbolling; US symboled, symboling) symbolize.
Etymology: ME f. L symbolum f. Gk sumbolon mark, token (as SYN-, ballo throw)
Oxford English vocab. Оксфордский английский словарь. 2012