from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture A vertical groove, especially in a Doric column or frieze.
- n. A symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised.
- n. A symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A figure carved in relief or incised, especially representing a sound, word, or idea.
- n. Any non-verbal symbol that imparts information.
- n. A visual representation of a letter, character, or symbol, in a specific font and style.
- n. A vertical groove.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sunken channel or groove, usually vertical. See triglyph.
- n. A carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In sculpture and architecture, a groove or channel, usually vertical, intended as an ornament. See triglyph.
- n. A written or pictured character, sign, or symbol representing a word or an idea; an ideograph: as, the Mexican or Mayan glyphs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. glyptic art in the form of a symbolic figure carved or incised in relief
Greek gluphē, carving, from gluphein, to carve.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)