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emblem


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emblem  \Em"blem\,  n.  [F.  embl[`e]me,  L.  emblema,  -atis,  that 
  which  is  put  in  or  on  inlaid  work  fr  Gr  ?  a  thing  put  in 
  or  on  fr  ?  to  throw,  lay,  put  in  ?  in  +  ?  to  throw.  See 
  {In},  and  {Parable}.] 
  1.  Inlay;  inlaid  or  mosaic  work  something  ornamental 
  inserted  in  a  surface.  [Obs.]  --Milton. 
 
  2.  A  visible  sign  of  an  idea;  an  object,  or  the  figure  of  an 
  object,  symbolizing  and  suggesting  another  object,  or  an 
  idea,  by  natural  aptness  or  by  association;  a  figurative 
  representation;  a  typical  designation;  a  symbol;  as  a 
  balance  is  an  emblem  of  justice;  a  scepter,  the  emblem  of 
  sovereignty  or  power;  a  circle,  the  emblem  of  eternity. 
  ``His  cicatrice,  an  emblem  of  war,  here  on  his  sinister 
  cheek.''  --Shak. 
 
  3.  A  picture  accompanied  with  a  motto,  a  set  of  verse,  or  the 
  like  intended  as  a  moral  lesson  or  meditation. 
 
  Note:  Writers  and  artists  of  the  17th  century  gave  much 
  attention  and  study  to  the  composition  of  such  emblems, 
  and  many  collections  of  them  were  published. 
 
  Syn:  Sign;  symbol;  type  device;  signal;  token. 
 
  Usage:  {Sign},  {Emblem},  {Symbol},  {Type}.  Sign  is  the 
  generic  word  comprehending  all  significant 
  representations.  An  emblem  is  a  visible  object 
  representing  another  by  a  natural  suggestion  of 
  characteristic  qualities,  or  an  habitual  and 
  recognized  association;  as  a  circle,  having  no 
  apparent  beginning  or  end  is  an  emblem  of  eternity;  a 
  particular  flag  is  the  emblem  of  the  country  or  ship 
  which  has  adopted  it  for  a  sign  and  with  which  it  is 
  habitually  associated.  Between  emblem  and  symbol  the 
  distinction  is  slight,  and  often  one  may  be 
  substituted  for  the  other  without  impropriety.  See 
  {Symbol}.  Thus  a  circle  is  either  an  emblem  or  a 
  symbol  of  eternity;  a  scepter,  either  an  emblem  or  a 
  symbol  of  authority;  a  lamb,  either  an  emblem  or  a 
  symbol  of  meekness.  ``An  emblem  is  always  of  something 
  simple;  a  symbol  may  be  of  something  complex,  as  of  a 
  transaction  .  .  .  In  consequence  we  do  not  speak  of 
  actions  emblematic.''  --C.  J.  Smith.  A  type  is  a 
  representative  example,  or  model,  exhibiting  the 
  qualities  common  to  all  individuals  of  the  class  to 
  which  it  belongs;  as  the  Monitor  is  a  type  of  a  class 
  of  war  vessels. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emblem  \Em"blem\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Emblemed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Embleming}.] 
  To  represent  by  an  emblem;  to  symbolize.  [R.] 
 
  Emblemed  by  the  cozening  fig  tree.  --Feltham. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  emblem 
  n  1:  special  design  or  visual  object  representing  a  quality, 
  type  group  etc 
  2:  a  visible  symbol  of  an  abstract  idea 




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