Associations to the word «Symbolic»


SYMBOLIC, adjective. Pertaining to a symbol.
SYMBOLIC, adjective. Referring to something with an implicit meaning.
SYMBOLIC EXPRESSION, noun. (computing) A means of representing semistructured data in human-readable text form, mostly composed of symbols and lists and extensively used in the Lisp programming language.
SYMBOLIC EXPRESSIONS, noun. Plural of symbolic expression
SYMBOLIC LINK, noun. (computing) (in operating systems derived from Unix) A file that contains a reference to another file or directory and serves as a shortcut to it.
SYMBOLIC LINKS, noun. Plural of symbolic link
SYMBOLIC LOGIC, noun. (logic) Synonym for mathematical logic (obsolescent)
SYMBOLIC SPEECH, noun. An action that consists of no writing or speaking, but still expresses an opinion. Examples of symbolic speech are marching in a parade, or burning a flag, or burning a draft card.

Dictionary definition

SYMBOLIC, adjective. Relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols; "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic thinking".
SYMBOLIC, adjective. 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".
SYMBOLIC, adjective. Using symbolism; "symbolic art".

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.