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 for icon
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  icon \i"con\ ([imac]"k[o^]n), n. [Also spelled ikon.] [L., fr.
     Gr. e'ikw`n.]
     1. An image or representation; a portrait or pretended
        portrait.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Netherlands whose names and icons are published.
                                                    --Hakewill.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Gr. Ch.) A sacred picture representing the Virgin Mary,
        Christ, a saint, or a martyr, and having the same function
        as an image of such a person in the Latin Church. The term
        is used especially for a highly stylized and
        conventionalized representation of a holy person, rich in
        symbolism and used in devotional services in many of the
        eastern Orthodox churches, especially the Greek and
        Russian Orthodox Churches.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
     3. a symbol, especially a symbol whose form suggests its
        meaning or the object it represents.
        [PJC]
  
     4. (Computers) a graphical symbol for a data object whose
        form suggests the nature or function of the object;
        especially, such a symbol as viewed on the computer
        screen.
  
     Note: In a graphical user interface, pointing to and clicking
           on an icon may cause any of several types of actions,
           such as opening a file or executing a program,
           depending on how the icon properties are defined.
           [PJC]
  
     5. any object of uncritical devotion.
        [PJC]
  
              The former congresswoman and Vice-Presidential
              candidate Geraldine Ferraro is still an icon to many
              party members.                        --The New York
                                                    Times, April
                                                    16, 1998
        [PJC]
  
     6. an outstanding example of something which has come to
        represent the class of things to which it belongs; a
        paragon; used of persons as well as objects.
        [PJC]

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