1. [syn: ideogram, ideograph]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ideogram \I*de"o*gram\, n. [Ideo- + -gram; cf. F. id['e]ograme.]
1. An original, pictorial element of writing; a kind of
hieroglyph expressing no sound, but only an idea.
Ideograms may be defined to be pictures intended to
represent either things or thoughts. --I. Taylor
You might even have a history without language
written or spoken, by means of ideograms and
gesture. --J. Peile.
2. A symbol used for convenience, or for abbreviation; as, 1,
2, 3, +, -, ?, $, ?, etc.
3. A phonetic symbol; a letter.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing
without indicating the sounds used to say it; "Chinese
characters are ideograms" [syn: ideogram, ideograph]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
88 Moby Thesaurus words for "ideogram":
allegory, alphabet, arrowhead, art, blueprint, character,
charactering, characterization, charactery, chart, choreography,
cipher, conventional representation, conventional symbol,
cuneiform, dance notation, delineation, demonstration,
demotic character, depiction, depictment, determinative, diagram,
drama, drawing, emblem, exemplification, figuration, grammalogue,
hieratic symbol, hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, hieroglyphics, hiragana,
iconography, iconology, ideograph, illustration, imagery, imaging,
kana, katakana, letter, limning, logogram, logograph, logotype,
love knot, map, musical notation, notation, ogham, phonetic,
phonetic symbol, pictogram, pictograph, picturization, plan,
portraiture, portrayal, prefigurement, presentment, printing,
projection, radical, realization, rendering, rendition,
representation, rune, schema, score, script, shorthand, syllabary,
symbol, symbolic system, symbolism, symbolization, symbology,
tablature, token, totem, totem pole, type, wedge, word letter,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
A symbol representing a concept. Nearly all
ideograms are pictograms - pictures of the thing represented,
others are merely conventional. An example of non-pictorial
ideogram might be the degree symbol (a superfix circle) when
used for temperature.