American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol.
- adj. Serving as a symbol.
- adj. Using symbolism: symbolic art.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to symbols; of the nature of a symbol; serving as a symbol; representative: as, the figure of an eye is symbolic of sight and knowledge.
- In grammar, formal; relational; connective: sometimes noting words having a formal or relational value.
- In mathematics, dealing with symbols of operation.
- n. Same as symbolics.
- Of or pertaining to symbolism, 4.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Theol.) See symbolics.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a symbol or symbols; of the nature of a symbol; exhibiting or expressing by resemblance or signs; representative.
- adj. relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols
- adj. using symbolism
- adj. serving as a visible symbol for something abstract
- From French symbolique or directly from Latin symbolicus, from Ancient Greek συμβολικός (symbolikos, "of or belonging to a symbol") (Wiktionary)
“Many others followed Drucker; Robert Reich coined the phrase "symbolic analysts" much the same as Drucker's "knowledge workers" for those trained to use information in a way that allowed them to thrive in a shifting, information-rich networked world.”
“Nomos Alpha, from 1966, is an example of what he called symbolic music, in which the order of musical events is determined according to mathematical rules, while Kottos, composed 11 years later, is a portrait of one of the giants from Greek mythology who fought with Zeus against the Titans.”
“The whole symbolism thing would be stupid and meaningless, except that the symbolic is at least as important as the substantial to the pathologically biased and absurd human being.”
“President Calderon comparing the fence on our southern border to quote, "the Berlin Wall", saying that Mexicans in the United States are what he calls symbolic hostages of the illegal immigration issue.”
“Commission for the provision of what it described as symbolic reparations.”
“As an illustration of what he calls symbolic movements, I will quote his remarks (p. 37), taken from M. Chevreul, on a man playing at billiards.”
“I shall endeavour to show how I trace the connection of my earlier and my later life; how my earlier life has proved for me the means of understanding my later; how, in general, my own individual life has become to me a key to the universal life, or, in short, to what I call the symbolic life and the perpetual, conditioned, and unbroken chain of existence.”
“The small group gathered on Thursday for a march toward what it called a "symbolic site of finance and capitalism," with plans for an unidentified "action," but dozens of police moved in and encircled the protesters.”
“Democrats say they won't let a bill pass the Senate with the subsidies provision, which they described as a symbolic gesture aimed at trying to force them to negotiate with the House on the labor issue.”
“However, some activists like Mohammed al-Qahtani, who heads a human rights group, say there was probably too much excitement over what he called a "symbolic" announcement that won't be implemented for a few more years.”
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