adj 1: relating to or using or proceeding by means of symbols; "symbolic logic"; "symbolic operations"; "symbolic thinking" [syn: symbolic, symbolical] 2: serving as a visible symbol for something abstract; "a crown is emblematic of royalty"; "the spinning wheel was as symbolic of colonical Massachusetts as the codfish" [syn: emblematic, emblematical, symbolic, symbolical]
Symbolic Sym*bol"ic, Symbolical Sym*bol"ic*al, a. [L. symbolicus, Gr. symboliko`s: cf. F. symbolique.] Of or pertaining to a symbol or symbols; of the nature of a symbol; exhibiting or expressing by resemblance or signs; representative; as, the figure of an eye is symbolic of sight and knowledge. -- Sym*bol"ic*al*ly, adv. -- Sym*bol"ic*al*ness, n. The sacrament is a representation of Christ's death by such symbolical actions as he himself appointed. --Jer. Taylor. Symbolical delivery (Law), the delivery of property sold by delivering something else as a symbol, token, or representative of it. --Bouvier. Chitty. Symbolical philosophy, the philosophy expressed by hieroglyphics.