emblem

Definitions

  • Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall
    Two men wearing distinctly different uniforms are waving identical flags with the double headed eagle emblem and are fighting each other across a river. This may be a reference to the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–1878. Two Balkan men casually watch the battle from behind a wall
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n emblem special design or visual object representing a quality, type, group, etc.
    • n emblem a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Andy Warhol created the Rolling Stone's emblem depicting the big tongue. It first appeared on the cover of the 'Sticky Fingers' album.
    • Emblem A picture accompanied with a motto, a set of verse, or the like, intended as a moral lesson or meditation.
    • Emblem A visible sign of an idea; an object, or the figure of an object, symbolizing and suggesting another object, or an idea, by natural aptness or by association; a figurative representation; a typical designation; a symbol; as, a balance is an emblem of justice; a scepter, the emblem of sovereignty or power; a circle, the emblem of eternity. "His cicatrice, an emblem of war, here on his sinister cheek."
    • Emblem Inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in a surface.
    • v. t Emblem To represent by an emblem; to symbolize. "Emblemed by the cozening fig tree."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Rabbits have been the emblem of fertility because of its well-known talents for multiplying.
    • n emblem That which is put in or on inlaid work; inlay; inlaid or mosaic work; something ornamental inserted in another body.
    • n emblem A symbolical design or figure with explanatory writing; a design or an image suggesting some truth or fact; the expression of a thought or idea both in design and in words: as, Quarles's Emblems (a collection of such representations).
    • n emblem Any object whose predominant quality symbolizes something else, as another quality, condition, state, and the like; the figure of such an object used as a symbol; an allusive figure; a symbol: as, a white robe is an emblem of purity; a balance, of justice; a crown, of royalty. The emblems in use during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries are sometimes hard to discriminate from the devices; for these, as adopted by men of distinction, were commonly emblematic. See device, 7.
    • n emblem An example.
    • n emblem Synonyms and Emblem, Symbol, Type. Emblem and symbol refer to tangible objects; type may refer also to an act, as when the lifting up of the brazen serpent (Num. xxi. 8, 9) is said to be a type of the crucifixion, the serpent being a type or emblem of Christ. A symbol is generally an emblem which has become recognized or standard among men; a volume proposing new signs of this sort would be called a “book of emblems”; but an emblem may be a symbol, as the bread and wine at the Lord's supper are more often called emblems than symbols of Christ's death. Symbol is by this rule the appropriate word for the conventional signs in mathematics. Emblem is most often used of moral and religious matters, and type chiefly of religious doctrines, institutions, historical facts, etc. Type in its religious application generally points forward to an antitype.
    • emblem To represent or suggest by an emblem or symbolically; symbolize; emblematize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Emblem em′blem a picture representing to the mind something different from itself: a type or symbol:
    • v.t Emblem to symbolise
    • n Emblem em′blem (Milton) an inlaid ornament
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Quotations

  • Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
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    “Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
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    “Do not destroy that immortal emblem of humanity, the Declaration of Independence.”
  • Germaine De Stael
    Germaine De Stael
    “Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. emblème, L. emblema, -atis, that which is put in or on, inlaid work, fr. Gr. a thing put in or on, fr. to throw, lay, put in; in + to throw. See In, and Parable
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. emblēma—Gr. em (=en), in, ballein, to cast.

Usage

In literature:

The cross is one of the most common emblems present in all the ruins.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
It is entirely composed of mortuary emblems, on a ground of black enamel.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
We begin in Asia, and with the Assyrian monuments, which display many religious types and emblems.
"Moon Lore" by Timothy Harley
These designs have a religious significance and furnish the individual with his personal and clan emblem, or coat of arms.
"The Indian Today" by Charles A. Eastman
The rose, the thistle, the shamrock, the leek, the lion, the unicorn, the harp, &c. are familiar examples of national emblems.
"Notes and Queries, No. 209, October 29 1853" by Various
But it was not the Mutiny nor the massive and gorgeous emblems of Mohammedanism which impressed the writer most in this city.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
There are also many emblems and idols in gold, silver, and gilded wood.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
He came dressed in his sacerdotal robes, and bearing the sacred emblems in his hands.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
Rarely this animal appears as the emblem of the god Set.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
They emblem'd centuries twelve, The term to Rome conceded.
"Legends of the Saxon Saints" by Aubrey de Vere
Poor woman, the point of her nose is always red, and, like Father-in-law George, she believes weeping willow the only fit emblem for royalty.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
The tree is universally accepted as an emblem of life-energy.
"Sex=The Unknown Quantity" by Ali Nomad
It is sufficiently remarkable that the rod, besides being an emblem of authority, is also an instrument of the supernatural.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
Esculapius, emblem of, 200.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
The Lamb has in all ages been deemed an emblem of innocence.
"Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason" by George Thornburgh
The sunrise outside is an emblem of the light that is beginning to dawn upon his soul.
"Evangelists of Art" by James Patrick
A youth carrying the symbolic olive bough, called the Kopo, adorned with its curious emblems, leads the procession.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
The star of Balaam is the emblem of the kingdom which will rise in Israel.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
Why are two young ladies kissing each other an emblem of Christianity?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
The horse is a fine emblem to my mind; the lilac is another.
"Villa Eden:" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

Holy emblem! so shall we
Sink,—and wake,—and soar above,
Heirs to an eternity—
An eternity of love.
"Evening" by John Bowring
Yes! to this gentle bird indeed,
It's mercy Heaven has shewn;
And in it's end you now may read
An emblem of your own.
"The Halcyon" by William Hayley
Hope has her emblem, so has Love,
But I have vainly sought
For one, that might entirely prove
The picture of my thought.
"Vignette - V" by Matilda Betham
The primrose, first, the emblem fit
Of budding, early youth;
The daisy in whose leaves we read
Pure innocence and truth.
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Known to the world-wide ranger,
Who sailed on the “Never Return,”
Emblems of storm and danger—
Flax and tussock and fern.
"Seaweed, Tussock and Fern" by Henry Lawson
Strips thee o' thy robes o' ermin,
(Emblems o' thy spotless life)
And in war's grim look alarmin
Arms thee wi' the murd'rers knife!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Skittles and hoodies have become emblems of Martin's death.
The Amish avoid displaying bright colors and they object to the three-cornered shape of the slow-moving vehicle emblems.
The emblem of the hacker group Lords of Dharamaja who Symantec says stole its code and attempted extortion against the firm.
Destiny USA's website was webjacked this morning and a new page redirects visitors using a different search engine, but showing the Destiny emblem.
The United States Flag ends are tattered and Kansas State flag's emblem was complete torn out.
The Bald Eagle officially became the national emblem in 1782 when the great seal of the United States was adopted.
Students around the state are using the internet to learn about the national emblem.
When Vikings punter Chris Kluwe taped over the Pro Football Hall of Fame emblem on his jersey and wrote, "Vote Ray Guy," former Vikings punter Greg Coleman reported the uniform violation to the NFL.
The open windshield, Chevrolet Emblem on spare tire hub, running boards, and pull down snap curtains and wire wheels.
Courtesy Andrea McCarthy-Grzybek (CHICAGO) — Coffee giant Starbucks is in a dogfight with Starbarks, a fledgling canine day care center outside of Chicago, over its name and logo's resemblance to the java chain's trademark emblem.
There aren't many tougher movies to remake than Straw Dogs, Sam Peckinpah's brutal 1971 thriller that became the emblem for Hollywood's obsession with lifelike violence.
Failing to make the final was Southern California boy band Emblem 3.
Emblem 3 and Fifth Harmony were both mentored by judge Simon Cowell, and of the two groups, the guys had appeared to have the inside track to the final .
Icehogs emblems and local advertising typically line the walls of Rockford Schools' graduations .
Imam 's Call to Add Crescent Moon Symbol to Russian Emblem Met With Alarm.
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In science:

Illustration is acted out speech, Emblems are actions that replace words and Deixis is a combination of gestures and voice • Provide consequential communication of an individual’s embodiment Bodily actions unintentionally give off information about who is in the workspace, where they are and what they are doing.
The Review and Analysis of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Principles
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