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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 idol /ˈaɪdḷ/
 偶像,崇拜物,幻象,謬論

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 I·dol n.
 1. An image or representation of anything. [Obs.]
 Do her adore with sacred reverence,
 As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence.   --Spenser.
 2. An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god.
    That they should not worship devils, and idols of gold.   --Rev. ix. 20.
 3. That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored.
    The soldier's god and people's idol.   --Denham.
 4. A false notion or conception; a fallacy.
    The idols of preconceived opinion.   --Coleridge.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 idol
      n 1: a material effigy that is worshipped as a god; "thou shalt
           not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his
           god" [syn: graven image, god]
      2: someone who is adored blindly and excessively [syn: matinee
         idol]
      3: an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept [syn: paragon,
          perfection, beau ideal]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 Idol
    (1.) Heb. aven, "nothingness;" "vanity" (Isa. 66:3; 41:29; Deut.
    32:21; 1 Kings 16:13; Ps. 31:6; Jer. 8:19, etc.).
      (2.) 'Elil, "a thing of naught" (Ps. 97:7; Isa. 19:3); a word
    of contempt, used of the gods of Noph (Ezek. 30:13).
      (3.) 'Emah, "terror," in allusion to the hideous form of idols
    (Jer. 50:38).
      (4.) Miphletzeth, "a fright;" "horror" (1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chr.
    15:16).
      (5.) Bosheth, "shame;" "shameful thing" (Jer. 11:13; Hos.
    9:10); as characterizing the obscenity of the worship of Baal.
      (6.) Gillulim, also a word of contempt, "dung;" "refuse"
    (Ezek. 16:36; 20:8; Deut. 29:17, marg.).
      (7.) Shikkuts, "filth;" "impurity" (Ezek. 37:23; Nah. 3:6).
      (8.) Semel, "likeness;" "a carved image" (Deut. 4:16).
      (9.) Tselem, "a shadow" (Dan. 3:1; 1 Sam. 6:5), as
    distinguished from the "likeness," or the exact counterpart.
      (10.) Temunah, "similitude" (Deut. 4:12-19). Here Moses
    forbids the several forms of Gentile idolatry.
      (11.) 'Atsab, "a figure;" from the root "to fashion," "to
    labour;" denoting that idols are the result of man's labour
    (Isa. 48:5; Ps. 139:24, "wicked way;" literally, as some
    translate, "way of an idol").
      (12.) Tsir, "a form;" "shape" (Isa. 45:16).
      (13.) Matztzebah, a "statue" set up (Jer. 43:13); a memorial
    stone like that erected by Jacob (Gen. 28:18; 31:45; 35:14, 20),
    by Joshua (4:9), and by Samuel (1 Sam. 7:12). It is the name
    given to the statues of Baal (2 Kings 3:2; 10:27).
      (14.) Hammanim, "sun-images." Hamman is a synonym of Baal, the
    sun-god of the Phoenicians (2 Chr. 34:4, 7; 14:3, 5; Isa. 17:8).
      (15.) Maskith, "device" (Lev. 26:1; Num. 33:52). In Lev. 26:1,
    the words "image of stone" (A.V.) denote "a stone or cippus with
    the image of an idol, as Baal, Astarte, etc." In Ezek. 8:12,
    "chambers of imagery" (maskith), are "chambers of which the
    walls are painted with the figures of idols;" comp. ver. 10, 11.
      (16.) Pesel, "a graven" or "carved image" (Isa. 44:10-20). It
    denotes also a figure cast in metal (Deut. 7:25; 27:15; Isa.
    40:19; 44:10).
      (17.) Massekah, "a molten image" (Deut. 9:12; Judg. 17:3, 4).
      (18.) Teraphim, pl., "images," family gods (penates)
    worshipped by Abram's kindred (Josh. 24:14). Put by Michal in
    David's bed (Judg. 17:5; 18:14, 17, 18, 20; 1 Sam. 19:13).
      "Nothing can be more instructive and significant than this
    multiplicity and variety of words designating the instruments
    and inventions of idolatry."