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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n ideograph a graphic character that indicates the meaning of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it "Chinese characters are ideograms"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ideograph A character, symbol, or figure which suggests the idea of an object without expressing its name.
    • n ideograph Same as ideogram, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Ideograph such a character or symbol as represents an idea without expressing its name—also I′deogram
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. idea, idea, graphein, to write.


In literature:

I opened the letter, written in the Chinese ideographs, and called the messenger in.
"Court Life in China" by Isaac Taylor Headland
The original ideographs for Sukiya mean the Abode of Fancy.
"The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura
What more natural than that the newly discovered ideographs should be blamed for it?
"Inca Land" by Hiram Bingham
Here, again, the writing is ideographic, and not phonetic.
"Studies in Central American Picture-Writing" by Edward S. Holden
Candron imprinted the ideograph on the page, then, beside it, he wrote "Ying Lee" in Latin characters.
"What The Left Hand Was Doing" by Gordon Randall Garrett
We may call it that of the ideographic as against the literal.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
Symbolic images are: In the visual order, written words, ideographic signs, etc.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Had they the ideographic value of Chinese written characters?
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Yet, even in those days, the Babylonian syllabary continued to be a mixture of ideographic and phonetic writing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Are they ideographic signs or funeral offerings?
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
The ideograph had twice been brought to his attention.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
Phonetic writing was a step in advance of the ideograph.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
To this class alone can the term "ideographs" be properly applied.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
There is apparently no feature copied from nature or from ideographic art.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
The fourth difference is the difference of pronunciation of the Chinese ideographs, viz.
"A Fantasy of Far Japan" by Baron Kencho Suyematsu
All forms of the ideographs in use in our country were borrowed from China, intact or modified.
"An Introduction to the History of Japan" by Katsuro Hara
Thus a chessboard was an ideograph, and stood for a gift, and sometimes a building.
"Cleopatra's Needle" by James King
Professor Sayce supported him, strongly inclining toward an alphabetic or linguistic, perhaps ideographic, signification.
"The Swastika" by Thomas Wilson
Picture-signs (ideographs) followed picture-writing in almost every country where the people were progressive.
"Stories of Useful Inventions" by Samuel Eagle Foreman
Their veneration extended to ideographs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 2" by Various