Also called a pictogram, figurative drawing or picture representing a word, sound or idea. Earliest form in the evolution of a system of writing. An example is the ancient Egyptian writing called hieroglyphs. This method of communication is still used today by certain civilisations including Chinese, Japanese, and American Indians. It may also refer to a pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures.

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  • Pictograph — Pic to*graph, n. [See {Picture}, and { graph}.] A picture or hieroglyph representing and expressing an idea. {Pic to*graph ic}, a. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pictograph — UK US /ˈpɪktəɡrɑːf/ US  /ˈpɪktəɡræf/ noun [C] ► GRAPHS & CHARTS PICTOGRAM(Cf. ↑pictogram) …   Financial and business terms

  • pictograph — (n.) picture or symbol representing an idea, 1851, from L. pictus painted (see PAINT (Cf. paint) (v.)) + graph (see GRAPHY (Cf. graphy)). First used in reference to American Indian writing …   Etymology dictionary

  • pictograph — (also pictogram) ► NOUN 1) a pictorial symbol for a word or phrase. 2) a pictorial representation of statistics on a chart, graph, or computer screen. DERIVATIVES pictographic adjective. ORIGIN from Latin pingere to paint …   English terms dictionary

  • pictograph — [pik′tə graf΄] n. [< L pictus (see PICTURE) + GRAPH] 1. a picture or picturelike symbol representing an idea, as in primitive writing; hieroglyphic 2. PICTOGRAPHY 3. a diagram or graph using pictured objects to convey ideas, information, etc.… …   English World dictionary

  • pictograph — noun Etymology: Latin pictus + English o + graph Date: 1851 1. an ancient or prehistoric drawing or painting on a rock wall 2. one of the symbols belonging to a pictorial graphic system 3. a diagram representing statistical data by pictorial… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pictograph — pictographic /pik teuh graf ik/, adj. pictographically, adv. /pik teuh graf , grahf /, n. 1. a pictorial sign or symbol. 2. a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures… …   Universalium

  • pictograph — noun a) a picture that represents a word or an idea; a hieroglyph b) a graphic character Syn: pictogram …   Wiktionary

  • pictograph — A vision test chart for illiterates …   Medical dictionary

  • pictograph — Synonyms and related words: arrowhead, character, cuneiform, demotic character, determinative, grammalogue, hieratic symbol, hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, hieroglyphics, hiragana, ideogram, ideograph, kana, katakana, logogram, logograph, ogham,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • pictograph — [ [t]pɪ̱ktəgrɑːf, græf[/t]] see pictogram …   English dictionary

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