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Ermine vs. Symbol

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Erminenoun

A weasel, Mustela erminea, found in northern latitudes; its dark brown fur turns white in winter (apart from the black tip of the tail).

Symbolnoun

A character or glyph representing an idea, concept or object.

‘$ is the symbol for dollars in the US and some other countries.’; ‘Chinese people use word symbols for writing.’; ‘The lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.’;

Erminenoun

The white fur of this animal, traditionally seen as a symbol of purity and used for judges' robes.

Symbolnoun

Any object, typically material, which is meant to represent another (usually abstract) even if there is no meaningful relationship.

‘The dollar symbol has no relationship to the concept of currency or any related idea.’;

Erminenoun

The office of a judge.

Symbolnoun

(linguistics) A type of noun whereby the form refers to the same entity independently of the context; a symbol arbitrarily denotes a referent. See also icon and index.

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Erminenoun

(tincture) A white field with black spots.

Symbolnoun

A summary of a dogmatic statement of faith.

‘The Apostles, Nicene Creed and the confessional books of Protestantism, such as the Augsburg Confession of Lutheranism are considered symbols.’;

Ermineverb

To clothe with ermine.

Symbolnoun

Visible traces or impressions, made using a writing device or tool, that are connected together and/or are slightly separated. Sometimes symbols represent objects or events that occupy space or things that are not physical and do not occupy space.

Erminenoun

A valuable fur-bearing animal of the genus Mustela (M. erminea), allied to the weasel; the stoat. It is found in the northern parts of Asia, Europe, and America. In summer it is brown, but in winter it becomes white, except the tip of the tail, which is always black.

Symbolnoun

(crystallography) The numerical expression which defines a plane's position relative to the assumed axes.

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Erminenoun

The fur of the ermine, as prepared for ornamenting garments of royalty, etc., by having the tips of the tails, which are black, arranged at regular intervals throughout the white.

Symbolnoun

(obsolete) That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.

Erminenoun

By metonymy, the office or functions of a judge, whose state robe, lined with ermine, is emblematical of purity and honor without stain.

Symbolnoun

(obsolete) Share; allotment.

Erminenoun

One of the furs. See Fur (Her.)

Symbolnoun

(programming) An internal identifier used by a debugger to relate parts of the compiled program to the corresponding names in the source code.

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Ermineverb

To clothe with, or as with, ermine.

‘The snows that have ermined it in the winter.’;

Symbolverb

To symbolize.

Erminenoun

the expensive white fur of the ermine

Symbolnoun

A visible sign or representation of an idea; anything which suggests an idea or quality, or another thing, as by resemblance or by convention; an emblem; a representation; a type; a figure; as, the lion is the symbol of courage; the lamb is the symbol of meekness or patience.

‘A symbol is a sign included in the idea which it represents, e. g., an actual part chosen to represent the whole, or a lower form or species used as the representative of a higher in the same kind.’;

Erminenoun

mustelid of northern hemisphere in its white winter coat

Symbolnoun

Any character used to represent a quantity, an operation, a relation, or an abbreviation.

Symbolnoun

An abstract or compendium of faith or doctrine; a creed, or a summary of the articles of religion.

Symbolnoun

That which is thrown into a common fund; hence, an appointed or accustomed duty.

‘They do their work in the days of peace . . . and come to pay their symbol in a war or in a plague.’;

Symbolnoun

Share; allotment.

‘The persons who are to be judged . . . shall all appear to receive their symbol.’;

Symbolnoun

An abbreviation standing for the name of an element and consisting of the initial letter of the Latin or New Latin name, or sometimes of the initial letter with a following one; as, C for carbon, Na for sodium (Natrium), Fe for iron (Ferrum), Sn for tin (Stannum), Sb for antimony (Stibium), etc. See the list of names and symbols under Element.

Symbolverb

To symbolize.

Symbolnoun

an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

Symbolnoun

something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible;

‘the eagle is a symbol of the United States’;

Symbolnoun

a mark or character used as a conventional representation of an object, function, or process, e.g. the letter or letters standing for a chemical element or a character in musical notation

‘the chemical symbol for helium is He’; ‘the symbol r in Figure 5 represents a gene which is ineffective’;

Symbolnoun

a shape or sign used to represent something such as an organization, e.g. a red cross or a Star of David

‘the Red Cross symbol’; ‘the Star of David, the Jewish symbol’;

Symbolnoun

a thing that represents or stands for something else, especially a material object representing something abstract

‘the limousine was another symbol of his wealth and authority’;

Symbolverb

symbolize.

Symbol

A symbol is a mark, sign, or word that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship. Symbols allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between otherwise very different concepts and experiences.

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