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 poetry.

(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.

They both symbolize in this, that they love to look upon themselves through multiplying glasses.

2. To hold the same faith; to agree. [R.]

The believers in pretended miracles have always previously symbolized with the performers of them.
G. S. Faber.

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.

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