ideo·gram /ˈɪdiəˌgræm, ˈaɪ-/
1. An original, pictorial element of writing; a kind of hieroglyph expressing no sound, but only an idea.
Ideograms may be defined to be pictures intended to represent either things or thoughts. --I. Taylor (The Alphabet).
You might even have a history without language written or spoken, by means of ideograms and gesture. --J. Peile.
2. A symbol used for convenience, or for abbreviation; as, 1, 2, 3, +, -, ░, $, ░, etc.
3. A phonetic symbol; a letter.
n : a graphic character used in ideography [syn: ideograph]