(Greek: image, likeness; form of a person or object; a sacred, holy, or religious representaion)
Some religions are opposed to the use or presentation of aniconic icons or idols.
Among some religious groups, there is a prohibition against aniconism of any images of either living creatures or of any deities.2. The worship of objects that are symbolic but which do not actually show an image of a god or gods: In the early history of Christianity (726 A.D., Byzantine Emperor Leo 3), there were aniconisms that prohibited the veneration or worship among Christians of any representations of deities.
2. Eastern Church, a representation of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, painted usually on a wood surface and venerated itself as sacred.
3. A sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it.
4. An important and enduring symbol.
5. In semiotics, that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it.
6. With computers, a sign, representation, or a picture on a computer screen that represents a specific file, directory, window, option, or program.
When an icon is clicked on, some action is performed; such as, opening a directory or aborting a file transfer.
The term originates from Alan Kay's theory for designing interfaces which was primarily based on the work of Jerome Bruner. Bruner's second developmental stage, iconic, uses a system of representation that depends on visual or other sensory organization and upon the use of summarising images.
2. Relating to or characteristic of a religious icon; iconic images.
3. Made in a conventional style or pose, especially that of an ancient Greek statues of athletes.
2. In art, referring to statues, portraits, etc. which are executed according to a convention or tradition.
2. In computing, to make into an icon; to reduce to the size of an icon.
2. The beliefs, practices, or doctrine of an iconoclast.
3. A challenge to or overturning of traditional beliefs, customs, and values.
4. The destruction of religious images used in worship, or strong opposition to their use in worship.
Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; form-; ideo-; imag-; morpho-; -oid; typo-.
Related "holy, sacred" word families: hagio-; hiero-; sacro-; sanct-.