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symbol

sym·bol

symbol

 
 
pronunciation:
sIm bl
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that represents something else, esp. a material sign or object that stands for a complex or abstract concept.
The rose is a symbol of love.
similar words:
emblem, figure, mark, synonym, token
definition 2: a sign or figure conventionally used to represent a particular quantity, quality, process, or the like.
The plus sign is the mathematical symbol for addition.
synonyms:
sign
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Are you looking for the word cymbal (a percussion instrument)? Symbol and cymbal sound alike but have different meanings.
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The word symbol contains the following part:
sym- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix sym- occurs in Greek loanwords and hence attaches to Greek bases. It is an assimilated form of syn- used before roots beginning with b, p, and m, such as "bio, bi, -be", "path, patho, -pathic, -pathy", and "metr, -meter, -metry". See syn- and its other assimilated forms syl- and sys-.