from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The representation of ideas by graphic symbols.
- n. The use of ideograms to express ideas.
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- n. The use of ideograms.
- n. logography
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The representation of ideas independently of sounds, or in an ideographic manner, as sometimes is done in shorthand writing, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The direct representation of ideas by graphic signs. See ideographic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the use of ideograms in writing
But to construct a sentence by means of pure ideography is impossible.
The first stage is "ideography," or mere picture-writing, in which a man stands for a man, a ship for a ship, a camel for a camel, and so forth.
Just as pictorial phonetism was evolved from ideography, or picture-writing, so was alphabetism evolved from pictorial phonetism.
Nevertheless, long usage has induced some degree of ideography and symbolism.
"The" empty "hexagram, without crossing lines isn't used in Western ideography except as a form for a policeman's badge in Iceland and in certain states in the US (the sheriff's star)."