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

  • n. A figure composed of three solid or interrupted parallel lines, especially as used in Chinese philosophy or divination according to the I Ching.
  • n. See trigraph.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. In Chinese Taoism, a symbol composed of three marks each of two types (creating 8 possible symbols) which are used for philosophical discussion and divination (fortunetelling).
  • n. A trigraph.
  • n. a special case of the n-gram where n is 3, used in natural language processing for doing statistical analysis of texts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as trigraph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A geometrical form consisting of three elements, like a triangle, a triskele, a heart, etc.
  • n. In geometry, three coplanar, non-copunctal straights.
  • n. Same as trigraph.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a word that is written with three letters in an alphabetic writing system


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    any of the eight possible combinations of three whole or broken lines used especially in Chinese divination, I Ching

    January 26, 2008