American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An image; a representation.
- n. A representation or picture of a sacred or sanctified Christian personage, traditionally used and venerated in the Eastern Church.
- n. An important and enduring symbol: "Voyager will take its place ... alongside such icons of airborne adventure as The Spirit of St. Louis and [the] Bell X-1” ( William D. Marbach).
- n. One who is the object of great attention and devotion; an idol: "He is ... a pop icon designed and manufactured for the video generation” ( Harry F. Waters).
- n. Computer Science A picture on a screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An image or representation; a portrait.
- n. In the Greek or Orthodox Eastern Church, a representation of Christ, an angel, or a saint, in painting, relief, mosaic. etc. There are always two at least in a Greek church, one of Christ at the right of the holy doors, as one faces toward the bema, and one of the Theotocos on the left. In accordance with the decision of the seventh ecumenical council (the second of Nicæa, a. d. 787), icons are honored with a relative worship or adoration (
προσκύνησ, σ1ις), manifested by kissing, offerings of incense and lights, etc., but not with latria, or the supreme worship due to God alone. They are regarded as sacred, and many are believed to be miraculous. A small icon, of the kind generally carried by the Russian peasantry, is a triptych, diptych, or similar folding tablet, of wood or metal, decorated in enamel or niello with representations of sacred subjects. Also eikon, ikon.
- n. In logic, a sign or representation which stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it.
- n. In scientific books, specifically, a plate, an engraving, or other printed representation.
- n. An abbreviation of iconographic; of iconography.
- n. An image, symbol, picture, or other representation usually as an object of religious devotion.
- n. A religious painting, often done on wooden panels.
- n. A person or thing that is the best example of a certain profession or some doing.
- n. A small picture which represents something (such as an icon on a computer screen which when clicked performs some function.)
- n. linguistics A type of noun whereby the form reflects and is determined by the referent; onomatopoeic words are necessarily all icons. See also symbol and index.
- n. Pictual representations of files, programs and folders on a computer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait.
- n. (Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary, Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term is used especially for a highly stylized and conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.
- n. a symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its meaning or the object it represents.
- n. (Computers) a graphical symbol for a data object whose form suggests the nature or function of the object; especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer screen.
- n. any object of uncritical devotion.
- n. an outstanding example of something which has come to represent the class of things to which it belongs; a paragon; used of persons as well as objects.
- n. a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface
- n. (computer science) a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) that denotes a program or a command or a data file or a concept in a graphical user interface
- n. a conventional religious painting in oil on a small wooden panel; venerated in the Eastern Church
- From Latin icon, from Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikōn, "likeness, image, portrait"). Eastern Orthodox Church sense is attested from 1833. Computing sense first recorded in 1982. (Wiktionary)
- From Greek eikōn, from eikenai, to be like, seem. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Tonight while listening to many showing their respect for this premier journalist; I heard the term icon and he was more than an icon.”
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“Medium (125%) and found that now half the Ribbon panels do not display the commands, just the title icon, no matter how wide I make the Ribbon (I have it docked vertically on the left).”
“I set the Windows 'make text larger/smaller' zoom to Medium (125%) and found that now half the Ribbon panels do not display the commands, just the title icon, no matter how wide I make the Ribbon (I have it docked vertically on the left).”
“With 146 years of history and the distinction as the final resting place of town fathers like Henry A.son, G.A. Woodbury and others, the term icon was earned many years ago.”
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“(My Frank Zappa icon is the antithesis of this, of course.)”
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“Seriously, this icon is an attack on the free world.”
“Until someone responds to a post, the icon is the old tiny one.”
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