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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Symbolic  \Sym*bol"ic\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  symbolique  See  {Symbolic}, 
  a.]  (Theol.) 
  See  {Symbolics}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Symbolic  \Sym*bol"ic\,  Symbolical  \Sym*bol"ic*al\,  a.  [L. 
  symbolicus,  Gr  symboliko`s:  cf  F.  symbolique.] 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  a  symbol  or  symbols;  of  the  nature  of  a 
  symbol;  exhibiting  or  expressing  by  resemblance  or  signs; 
  representative;  as  the  figure  of  an  eye  is  symbolic  of  sight 
  and  knowledge.  --  {Sym*bol"ic*al*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Sym*bol"ic*al*ness},  n. 
  The  sacrament  is  a  representation  of  Christ's  death  by 
  such  symbolical  actions  as  he  himself  appointed.  --Jer. 
  {Symbolical  delivery}  (Law),  the  delivery  of  property  sold  by 
  delivering  something  else  as  a  symbol,  token,  or 
  representative  of  it  --Bouvier.  Chitty. 
  {Symbolical  philosophy},  the  philosophy  expressed  by 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Symbolics  \Sym*bol"ics\,  n. 
  The  study  of  ancient  symbols;  esp.  (Theol.),  that  branch  of 
  historic  theology  which  treats  of  creeds  and  confessions  of 
  faith;  symbolism;  --  called  also  {symbolic}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  relating  to  or  using  or  proceeding  by  means  of  symbols; 
  "symbolic  logic";  "symbolic  operations";  "symbolic 
  thinking"  [syn:  {symbolical}] 
  2:  serving  as  a  visible  symbol  for  something  abstract;  "a  crown 
  is  emblematic  of  royalty";  "the  spinning  wheel  was  as 
  symbolic  of  colonical  Massachusetts  as  the  codfish"  [syn: 
  {emblematic},  {emblematical},  {symbolical}] 
  3:  using  symbolism;  "symbolic  art" 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  SYMBOLIC,  adj  Pertaining  to  symbols  and  the  use  and  interpretation 
  of  symbols. 
  They  say  'tis  conscience  feels  compunction; 
  I  hold  that  that's  the  stomach's  function, 
  For  of  the  sinner  I  have  noted 
  That  when  he's  sinned  he's  somewhat  bloated, 
  Or  ill  some  other  ghastly  fashion 
  Within  that  bowel  of  compassion. 
  True,  I  believe  the  only  sinner 
  Is  he  that  eats  a  shabby  dinner. 
  You  know  how  Adam  with  good  reason, 
  For  eating  apples  out  of  season, 
  Was  "cursed."  But  that  is  all  symbolic: 
  The  truth  is  Adam  had  the  colic. 
  T,  the  twentieth  letter  of  the  English  alphabet,  was  by  the  Greeks 
  absurdly  called  _tau_.  In  the  alphabet  whence  ours  comes  it  had  the 
  form  of  the  rude  corkscrew  of  the  period,  and  when  it  stood  alone 
  (which  was  more  than  the  Phoenicians  could  always  do)  signified 
  _Tallegal_,  translated  by  the  learned  Dr  Brownrigg  "tanglefoot." 

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