• Poetical Rebus
    Poetical Rebus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rebus a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rebus A mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations.
    • Rebus (Her) A pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the name of the person to whom it belongs. See Canting arms, under Canting.
    • v. t Rebus To mark or indicate by a rebus. "He [John Morton] had a fair library rebused with More in text and Tun under it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rebus A puzzle or riddle consisting of words or phrases represented by figures or pictures of objects whose names resemble in sound those words or phrases or the syllables of which they are composed; an enigmatical representation of words by means of figures or pictures suggestive of them.
    • n rebus In heraldry:
    • n rebus A bearing or succession of bearings which make up the name or a word expressing the profession or office of the bearer. The origin of many bearings in early heraldry is such an allusion; and on the other hand many proper names have been derived from the bearings, these having been granted originally to persons having a name or territorial designation which a descendant, perhaps of a younger branch abandoned for the allusive surname suggested by the bearing: thus, in the case of the name Tremain, and the bearing of three human hands, either the bearing or the name may have originated the other. Also called allusive arms.
    • n rebus A motto in which a part of the phrase is expressed by representations of objects instead of by words. In a few rare cases the whole motto is thus given. Such mottos are not commonly borne with the escutcheon and crest, but form rather a device or impresa, as the figure of a sun-dial preceded by the words “we must,” meaning “we must die all,”
    • rebus To mark with a rebus; indicate by a rebus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rebus rē′bus an enigmatical representation of a name or thing by using pictorial devices for letters, syllables, or parts of words: a riddle:
    • n Rebus rē′bus (her.) a coat of arms bearing an allusion to the name of the bearer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rebus, by things, abl. pl. of res, a thing: cf. F. rébus,. Cf. 3d Real
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., res, a thing—prob. from the device speaking to the beholder non verbis sed rebus.


In literature:

Together with verbal humour and many absurd devices connected with it, he especially repudiates the rebus.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
The mode in which this is done corresponds precisely to that of the rebus.
"The Myths of the New World" by Daniel G. Brinton
This rebus may be found in various places where the work was due to him.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans" by Thomas Perkins
And yet I have spoken 'de omnibus other rebus' first.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
Summa Petri Heylae de Grammatica, cum multis allis rebus in uno volumine.
"Bibliomania in the Middle Ages" by Frederick Somner Merryweather
It was one mass of broken, misplaced, jumbled up belongings, that would require the rebus manager of a magazine to assemble in order.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Conquest of the Savages" by Roger Thompson Finlay
Rebus, place in development of alphabet, 81.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
This again confirms the theory of the rebus meaning of the cross-hatching.
"Studies in Central American Picture-Writing" by Edward S. Holden
Adhibuimus enim tam sanctis rebus atque divinis honorem silentii.
"Notes and Queries, Number 204, September 24, 1853" by Various
They wrote at times with pictures standing for sounds, as we now write in rebus puzzles.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park

In news:

Jessica and Danny Rebus are competing to sell the most pies at the Pies for Puppies bake sale.
It's the Pies for Puppies charity bake sale, and Jessica, Danny Rebus and others are competing to sell the most pies and become the "puppy hero".
Even if you don't know a rebus from an anagram or a double-entendre from a pun, you have no doubt noticed Frank W Lewis's cryptic crossword puzzle each week on the last page of the magazine.
Jason Whitman's hapless animals at Rebus Works.
A british detective ruffles his supervisors' feathers in the TV series " Rebus " and Brazilian dancing queen Carmen Miranda transcends sterotypes in a new DVD collection dedicated to her early work.
View full size Allison Carey, The PD Mickey's not only has a wide-mouth top but a bonus treat under the bottlecap: A rebus.
New Work by Joseph Labate and Nicole Welch Rebus Works Through March 28.