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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A system of characters or symbols used to express or convey thought and meaning.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art or means of characterizing; a system of signs or characters; symbolism; distinctive mark.
  • n. That which is charactered; the meaning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or means of characterizing; a system of signs or characters; symbolism; distinctive mark.
  • n. That which is charactered; the meaning.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which constitutes or indicates character; that in anything which indicates its qualities; a character or characteristic.
  • n. The act or art of characterizing; characterization by means of words or representation.

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