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[law-guh-gram, log-uh-] /ˈlɔ gəˌgræm, ˈlɒg ə-/

a conventional, abbreviated symbol for a frequently recurring word or phrase, as the symbol & for the word and.
Also called logograph
[law-guh-graf, -grahf, log-uh-] /ˈlɔ gəˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈlɒg ə-/ (Show IPA).
a single symbol representing an entire morpheme, word, or phrase, as for example the symbol (%) meaning per cent

“instrument for giving a graphic representation of speech,” 1879, from Greek logos (see logos) + -graph “instrument for recording; something written.” Earliest use (1797) is in the sense “logogriph,” and it frequently was used in this sense.

“sign or character representing a word,” 1840, from Greek logos (see logos) + -gram. Generically, “any symbol representing graphically a product, idea, etc.” is from 1966. The earliest use of the word (1820) is in the sense “logograph,” but OED explains this as a substitute “for logograph, which in this sense is itself a mistake for logogriph.”


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  • Logographic

    [law-guh-graf-ik, log-uh-] /ˌlɔ gəˈgræf ɪk, ˌlɒg ə-/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or using logograms. 2. of or relating to logography.

  • Logography

    [loh-gog-ruh-fee] /loʊˈgɒg rə fi/ noun 1. printing with logotypes. 2. a method of longhand reporting, each of several reporters in succession taking down a few words. /lɒˈɡɒɡrəfɪ/ noun 1. (formerly) a method of longhand reporting

  • Logogriph

    [law-guh-grif, log-uh-] /ˈlɔ gə grɪf, ˈlɒg ə-/ noun 1. an anagram, or a puzzle involving anagrams. 2. a puzzle in which a certain word, and other words formed from any or all of its letters, must be guessed from indications given in a set of verses. /ˈlɒɡəʊˌɡrɪf/ noun 1. a word puzzle, esp one based […]

  • Logol

    Strings are stored on cyclic lists or ‘tapes’, which are operated upon by finite automata. J. Mysior et al, “LOGOL, A String manipulation Language”, in Symbol Manipulations Languages and Techniques, D.G. Bobrow ed, N-H 1968, pp.166-177.

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