from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols, often presented as a puzzle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.
- v. To mark or indicate by a rebus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations.
- n. A pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the name of the person to whom it belongs. See Canting arms, under Canting.
- transitive v. To mark or indicate by a rebus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A puzzle or riddle consisting of words or phrases represented by figures or pictures of objects whose names resemble in sound those words or phrases or the syllables of which they are composed; an enigmatical representation of words by means of figures or pictures suggestive of them.
- n. In heraldry:
- n. A bearing or succession of bearings which make up the name or a word expressing the profession or office of the bearer.
- n. A motto in which a part of the phrase is expressed by representations of objects instead of by words.
- To mark with a rebus; indicate by a rebus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
A secret society manipulating the course of history so that matters would come out right would not, in rebus ipses, be thought a thing worth fighting by a skiffy reader.
Gero Pius Caputsapiens (Germanice Weishaupt), persona in rebus
In the case of _Quetzalcoatl_ or CUKULCAN, the rebus was the means of getting the name; and if the names of this divinity had not been equivalent in the two tongues, our results would have led us to the
Studies in Central American Picture-Writing First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 205-245
The next step is what we might call rebus-writing, where not the thing itself was meant but the sound.
This difficult but all-important step appears to have been taken through the use of the rebus, that is, writing words by pictures of objects which stand for sounds.
The rebus is the bridge from the writing of thoughts to the writing of sounds, and it came into use through the necessity of writing proper names.
This is pictorial phonetism; and pictorial phonetism is, in fact, pictorial punning, of the sort commonly known as the rebus, or charade.
His rebus is a ram wearing a collar with the letters R.Y.G.E. inscribed on it.
According to the dictionary, a rebus is a representation of words or syllables depicted by pictures of objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound; a riddle made up of pictures or symbols.
Familiar examples of the rebus are the owl with a scroll in its beak bearing the letters dom for Bishop Oldham in his chantry at Exeter, and the human eye with a branch (or slip) of a tree for Abbot Islip in Westminster Abbey.