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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ideogram
noun
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▪ Gorphal picked up the parchment and raised one eyebrow slightly when he saw the familiar ideograms of the Golden Empire.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Ideogram

Ideogram \I*de"o*gram\, n. [Ideo- + -gram; cf. F. id['e]ograme.]

  1. An original, pictorial element of writing; a kind of hieroglyph expressing no sound, but only an idea.

    Ideograms may be defined to be pictures intended to represent either things or thoughts.
    --I. Taylor (The Alphabet).

    You might even have a history without language written or spoken, by means of ideograms and gesture.
    --J. Peile.

  2. A symbol used for convenience, or for abbreviation; as, 1, 2, 3, +, -, ?, $, ?, etc.

  3. A phonetic symbol; a letter.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
ideogram

1838, from comb. form of Greek idea (see idea) + -gram.

Wiktionary
ideogram

alt. A symbol which represents the idea of something without indicating the sequence of sounds used to pronounce it. Examples include numerals, many Chinese characters, traffic signs, and graphic symbols such as & and @. n. A symbol which represents the idea of something without indicating the sequence of sounds used to pronounce it. Examples include numerals, many Chinese characters, traffic signs, and graphic symbols such as & and @.

WordNet
ideogram

n. a graphic character used in ideography [syn: ideograph]

Wikipedia
Ideogram

An ideogram or ideograph (from Greekidéa "idea" and gráphō "to write") is a graphic symbol that represents an idea or concept, independent of any particular language, and specific words or phrases. Some ideograms are comprehensible only by familiarity with prior convention; others convey their meaning through pictorial resemblance to a physical object, and thus may also be referred to as pictograms.

Usage examples of "ideogram".

There were entire chapters that might as well have been written in ideograms or futhorc, for all the sense they made to him now.

Fuller believed this, that the universe was itself a synergetic system which he could encompass as one great vibrating ideogram within his mind.

Atop four of the pillars, equidistantly spaced about the circle, he marked the ancient Khitan ideograms for the four seasons, chanting as he did in a language not even he understood, though he well understood the effect of the words.

Adikor had endured cramps in his right hand making ideograms smaller than anyone back at the archive building could possibly read.

Uncertain what languages the Tuigan might understand, the letter had been written in both the flowing script of Semphar and the hachured ideograms of Shou Lung.

Unlike his native Dasheen, which used a standard hexagonal symbol, Yaxa used an ideogram which he mistook at first for a pair of stylized wings.

Inside the centre circle was the Japanese ideogram for tymuso, the beggar-ascetic.

The China Dream indulged in none of the decor common to many Chinese restaurants: no dragons or foo dogs, no brass ideograms on the walls.

An unlit neon sign near the main entrance offered CHEAP HOTEL under a cluster of ideograms.

A word would be typed in Hiragana, the fifty-one-letter Japanese phonetic alphabet, and on the screen would appear the corresponding Chinese ideogram in Kanji.

He has looked at it, scoped it out, memorized the location of the shed and the picnic table, can find them even in the dark-knows that if it ever came to this, a twenty-three-minute pizza, miles to go, and a slowdown at CSV-5 and Oahu-he could enter The Mews at Windsor Heights (his electronic delivery-man's visa would raise the gate automatically), scream down Heritage Boulevard, rip the turn onto Strawbridge Place (ignoring the DEAD END sign and the speed limit and the CHILDREN PLAYING ideograms that are strung so liberally throughout TMAWH), thrash the speed bumps with his mighty radials, blast up the driveway of Number 15 Strawbridge Circle, cut a hard left around the backyard shed, careen into the backyard of Number 84 Mayapple Place, avoid its picnic table (tricky), get into their driveway and out onto Mayapple, which takes him to Bellewoode Valley Road, which runs straight to the exit of the Burbclave.

Her fingers skated with fast dextrous motions over the block’s surface, sketching eccentric ideograms.