from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of symbolizing; the use of symbols to represent things, or the investing of things with a symbolic meaning
  • n. The unconscious mental representation of one thing by another

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of symbolizing; symbolical representation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of symbolizing; symbolic significance. Also spelled symbolisation.

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

  • n. something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
  • n. the practice of investing things with symbolic meaning
  • n. the use of symbols to convey meaning


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  • 5/THE CULT OF BAALOL The Synthesis Projector, a machine used commonly on the Arkon worlds, made it possible to synthesize emotions and thought impressions into a holograph of 'symbolization'.

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  • Still, with its focus on broadly recognizable sounds rather than on culturally specific ideas, such as peculiar symbolization for the Egyptian sun-god Ra, this new alphabetic system of writing was nothing short of a revolution.

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  • But if the Hong Kong paintings are meant to recall mandalas, they certainly aren't the kind that intrigued Carl Jung with their symbolization of mythological pantheons and psycho-cultural archetypes.

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  • Although they're very different kinds of harvest festivals, the symbolization of a good harvest is an overflowing pot of kichdi.

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  • β€œThe pronunciation is the actual living form of a word, that is, the word itself, of which the current spelling is only a symbolization – generally, indeed, only the traditionally-preserved symbolization of an earlier form, sometimes imperfect to begin with, still oftener corrupted in its passage to our time.” (original italics)

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  • I don't have anything against using the american flag napkins, they are simply there for symbolization which if you read the beginning of the story stated how this country was founded off hunters and that the first meals that old chief papanana and some colonial person had shared was likely venison or other wild game.

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  • This kind of symbolization proved astute, since it carried down to the individual level, where each person, regardless of gender, was seen to possess a feminine half and a masculine half to their psyche.

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  • And any song about red, white and blue stuff because they act color-wise as the symbolization of flagginess which wraps right around faithy family priorities that speak to ordinary real Americans that don't live near large bodies of water.

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  • "The symbolization behind the duct tape symbolizes how people's voices weren't being heard," said Bouska.

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  • It is perhaps one of Romanticism's most powerful and disturbing legacies to modernity that it signifies the absolute ambivalence between marking the psyche's resistance to symbolization and making its darkness visible to a public sphere increasingly concerned to seek out and neutralize the mind's sepulchral recesses.

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