ballo-, ball-, balo-, bolo-, bol-, -bola, -bole, -bolic, -bolism, -bolite, -boly

(Greek: throw, send, put; that which is thrown)

1. Representing in an excessive manner; going beyond the bounds of truth reason, or justice; making overstatements.
2. The act of representing things beyond natural life, in expression, beauty, power, or vigor.
1. Doing something to an excessive degree.
2. Overstating, or describing, something that is more than what is factual.
metabolize (verb), metabolizes; metabolized; metabolizing
To change food into a form that can be used by a person's body: Eve was cooking a meal for her family that could be easily metabolized by both of her children and the mother and father.

The bodies of people and animals metabolize nourishment and build up new cells and tissues which provide heat and make it possible to engage in physical activities.

parable (noun), parables (pl)
A simple and concise story that conveys a spiritual or ethical meaning: By reading a parable about the fox's sour grapes in his book, Jack discovered that it also applied to his own situation of not getting what he wanted.
1. Something used for or regarded as representing something else; a material object representing something, often something immaterial; emblem, token, or sign.
2. A letter, figure, or other character or mark or a combination of letters or the like used to designate something: the algebraic symbol "x"; the chemical symbol Au.
3. A word, phrase, image, or the like having a complex of associated meanings and perceived as having inherent value separable from that which is symbolized, as being part of that which is symbolized, and as performing its normal function of standing for or representing that which is symbolized: usually conceived as deriving its meaning chiefly from the structure in which it appears, and generally distinguished from a sign.
4. About 1434, "creed, summary, religious belief", from Late Latin symbolum, "creed, token, mark", from the Greek notion of the "mark" that distinguishes Christians from pagans; from syn- "together" plus the stem of ballein, "to throw". The etymological sense is from "throwing things together" to "contrasting" to "comparing" to "token used in comparisons to determine if something is genuine"; therefore, an "outward sign" of something."
Example of a symbol.

What we have here is a symbol of "The French way of reform"; that is, at a snail's pace; as presented by Time magazine dated May 1, 2006, on its cover. In addition, the cover included: "Don't write France off. At its own steady pace, it's changing more than you would guess from the headlines."

symbolic, symbolical
1. Relating to, or expressed by means of symbols or a symbol; that is, something that stands for or represents something else; especially, an object representing an abstraction.
2. Serving as a symbol; such as, using symbolism in symbolic art.
1. The practice of representing things by symbols, or of investing things with a symbolic meaning or character.
2. The disguised representation in conscious thought of unconscious or repressed contents or events.
3. A set or system of symbols.
4. A symbolic meaning or character.
5. The principles and practice of symbolists in art or literature.
6. When capitlized, a movement of the late 19th century in French art and literature.
7. The use of any of certain special figures or marks of identification to signify a religious message or divine being, as the cross for Christ and the Christian faith.
1. Someone who is skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols.
2. Anyone who interprets or represents conditions or truths by the use of symbols or symbolisms.
3. A writer or artist who uses symbolic language, imagery, and the like to portray ideas, emotions, and attitudes; especially, any of certain French artists or writers in the latter part of the nineteenth century who rejected realism and used symbols to evoke ideas and emotions.