1. The act of symbolizing, or the state of being symbolized; as, symbolism in Christian art is the representation
of truth, virtues, vices, etc., by emblematic colors, signs, and forms.
2. A system of symbols or representations.
3. (Chem.) (a) The practice of using symbols, or the system of notation developed thereby. (b) A
combining together of parts or ingredients. [Obs.]
4. (Theol.) The science of creeds; symbolics.
(Sym"bol*ist), n. One who employs symbols.
(Sym`bol*is"tic Sym`bol*is"tic*al) a. Characterized by the use of symbols; as, symbolistic
(Sym`bol*i*za"tion) n. [Cf. F. symbolisation.] The act of symbolizing; symbolical representation.
Sir T. Browne.
(Sym"bol*ize) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Symbolized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Symbolizing ] [Cf. F. symboliser.]
1. To have a resemblance of qualities or properties; to correspond; to harmonize.
The pleasing of color symbolizeth with the pleasing of any single tone to the ear; but the pleasing of
order doth symbolize with harmony.Bacon.
They both symbolize in this, that they love to look upon themselves through multiplying glasses.Howell.
2. To hold the same faith; to agree. [R.]
The believers in pretended miracles have always previously symbolized with the performers of them.G.
3. To use symbols; to represent ideas symbolically.
(Sym"bol*ize), v. t.
1. To make to agree in properties or qualities.
2. To make representative of something; to regard or treat as symbolic. "Some symbolize the same
from the mystery of its colors." Sir T. Browne.
3. To represent by a symbol or symbols.
(Sym"bol*i`zer) n. One who symbolizes.