No one ever seeks a Purple Heart medal, but it remains the most distinctive of American military medals and symbols.
Almonds For thousands of years, almonds have been symbols of fertility.
But man is a symbol-making creature, so what is he to do but make a plan that makes use of these symbols?
When we arrived into Lalish, arches with symbols representing the sun indicated we were nearing the temple complex.
There is also the requisite whiteboard full of Beautiful Mind-esque symbols and numbers.
It is through these symbols or signs that one learns the language of such matters.
But, tonight, he was not seeing these symbols of material superiority.
Most of these have the symbols of the four Evangelists, the triple crown, and crossed keys.
Knitted, in her own stitches and her own symbols, it will always be as plain to her as the sun.
These symbols were called runes; and graven into granite the runic inscriptions have defied the gnawing tooth of time.
early 15c., "creed, summary, religious belief," from Late Latin symbolum "creed, token, mark," from Greek symbolon "token, watchword" (applied c.250 by Cyprian of Carthage to the Apostles' Creed, on the notion of the "mark" that distinguishes Christians from pagans), literally "that which is thrown or cast together," from syn- "together" (see syn-) + bole "a throwing, a casting, the stroke of a missile, bolt, beam," from bol-, nominative stem of ballein "to throw" (see ballistics).
The sense evolution in Greek is from "throwing things together" to "contrasting" to "comparing" to "token used in comparisons to determine if something is genuine." Hence, "outward sign" of something. The meaning "something which stands for something else" first recorded 1590 (in "Faerie Queene").
symbol sym·bol (sĭm'bəl)
Something that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially a material object used to represent something invisible.
A printed or written sign used to represent an operation, an element, a quantity, or a relation, as in mathematics or chemistry.
A conventional sign.
An object or name that stands for something else, especially a material thing that stands for something that is not material. The bald eagle is a symbol of the United States of America. The cross is a symbol of Christianity. The Star of David is a symbol of Judaism.
Something that represents or suggests something else. Symbols often take the form of words, visual images, or gestures that are used to convey ideas and beliefs. All human cultures use symbols to express the underlying structure of their social systems, to represent ideal cultural characteristics, such as beauty, and to ensure that the culture is passed on to new generations. Symbolic relationships are learned rather than biologically or naturally determined, and each culture has its own symbols.