hieroglyph definition

  • noun:
    • an image or expression utilized in hieroglyphic writing.
    • Something that reveals a hieroglyph.
    • An element of an ideographic (hieroglyphic) writing system.
    • A sacred character; a character used in picture writing, at the time of the ancient Egyptians, Mexicans, etc. particularly, inside plural, the image writing of old Egyptian priests. It is made up of three, or, as some state, four classes of characters: first, the hieroglyphic right, or figurative, where representation of this item conveys the thought of the thing itself; 2nd, the ideographic, composed of signs representing ideas, maybe not noises, as an ostrich feather is a symbol of truth; 3rd, the phonetic, consisting of symbols employed as syllables of a word, or as letters of alphabet, having a specific sound, as a hawk represented the vowel a.
    • Any character or figure with, or perhaps is designed to have, a concealed or mystical value; therefore, any unintelligible or illegible personality or mark.
    • The figure of every object, specially a familiar object, as an animal, tree, tool, staff, etc., standing for a word, or a syllable, or an integral part of a syllable, or a single noise; a figure representing a concept; and designed to convey a meaning, thus developing section of a mode of written communication.
    • Any figure, personality, or mark having or designed to have a mysterious or enigmatical relevance.
    • a writing system making use of photo symbols; utilized in ancient Egypt
    • writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually when you're illegible)
  • others:
    • To write in hieroglyphs; express in the form of hieroglyphs.

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