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icon  n.  (Also spelled ikon)  
An image or representation; a portrait or pretended portrait. "Netherlands whose names and icons are published."
(Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary, Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term is used especially for a highly stylized and conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches.
A symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its meaning or the object it represents.
(Computers) A graphical symbol for a data object whose form suggests the nature or function of the object; especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer screen. Note: In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking on an icon may cause any of several types of actions, such as opening a file or executing a program, depending on how the icon properties are defined.
Any object of uncritical devotion. "The former congresswoman and Vice-Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro is still an icon to many party members."
An outstanding example of something which has come to represent the class of things to which it belongs; a paragon; used of persons as well as objects.

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"Icon" Quotes from Famous Books

... a sheet-iron contraption in the shape of a pocket inkstand, and it stood on a perch in the corner, like a Russian icon, with a small blue flame flickering beneath it. It looked as though its sire might have been a snare-drum and its dam a dark lantern, and that it got its looks from its father and its heating powers from the mother's ...
— Europe Revised • Irvin S. Cobb

... inhabit, near the forest of Saint-Germain, beyond the fashionable avenues, the villa, ornamented with the holy Muscovite icon, which Prince Tchereteff had purchased; and she persisted in remaining there alone with old Vogotzine, who regarded her respectfully with his round eyes, always ...
— Prince Zilah, Complete • Jules Claretie

... with Rank Order pages are easily identified with a small bar chart icon to the right of ...
— The 2008 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... and twitched in every fibre of his battered countenance, raised his eyes to the icon and articulated, "God blast me! Strike me blind and lay me out, if I said a single word about you! May I be left without house and home, may I be stricken with worse ...
— The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories • Anton Chekhov

Words linked to "Icon" :   foil, likeness, diorama, scan, semblance, CAT scan, sonogram, picture, painting, GUI, symbol, graphical user interface, electronic image, iconic, iconography, computer science, reflection, computing, inset, representation, collage, panorama, image, ikon, bitmap, montage, chiaroscuro, cyclorama, graphic

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