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icon

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3 meanings
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1  —as in:
computer icon
Definition a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) used to indicate a concept — such as a symbol on the computer screen that will run a program when clicked
  • People recognize well-known icons more quickly than they recognize well-known words.
icons = a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) used to indicate a concept — such as a symbol on the computer screen that will run a program when clicked
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I am frustrated by all those unintelligible icons. There's a reason we invented writing.
  • icons = a graphic symbol (usually a simple picture) used to indicate a concept — such as a symbol on the computer screen that will run a program when clicked
  • True interactivity is not about clicking on icons or downloading files, it's about encouraging communication.
  • Cranes carry this heavy mystical baggage. They're icons of fidelity and happiness. The Vietnamese believe cranes cart our souls up to heaven on our wings.
    Mitchell Burgess
  • Only the icon for the Internet was left, sitting in the middle of the screen.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • icon = a graphic image or symbol on the computer screen that will run a program when clicked
  • The power icon was flashing, warning that reserves were low.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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2  —as in:
pop culture icon
Definition someone or something famous that represents something in a culture — typically greatly admired
  • Oprah is a pop-culture icon.
icon = someone or something famous that represents something in a culture — typically greatly admired
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Elvis is a rock and roll icon.
  • The Eiffel Tower is a French icon.
  • icon = someone or something famous that represents something in a culture — typically greatly admired
  • Jackie Chan is an action-movie icon.
  • Homer Simson is a cultural icon. Everyone knows who Homer Simpson is. You don't want to dress like Home Simpson.

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3  —as in:
holy icon
Definition a religious artwork — typically a painting of one or more religious figures — often treated as a sacred item
  • Icons are especially popular in Eastern Christianity.
icons = a religious artwork — typically a painting of one or more religious figures — often treated as a sacred item
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Protestants discouraged creation and reverence of icons during the Reformation.
  • He stepped back from the window and looked at an icon of the Saviour in His crown of thorns.
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  Father Sergius

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Less commonly:
Much more rarely, icon can denote an object , graphic symbol, or picture that carries a meaning outside of a computer. For example, in some cultures a simple depiction of a crane denotes happiness.
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