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3 definitions found
 for Rebus
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebus \Re"bus\, v. t.
     To mark or indicate by a rebus.
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           He [John Morton] had a fair library rebused with More
           in text and Tun under it.                --Fuller.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rebus \Re"bus\ (r[=e]"b[u^]s), n.; pl. Rebuses
     (r[=e]"b[u^]s*[e^]z). [L. rebus by things, abl. pl. of res a
     thing: cf. F. r['e]bus. Cf. 3d Real.]
     1. 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.
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     Note: A gallant, in love with a woman named Rose Hill, had,
           embroidered on his gown, a rose, a hill, an eye, a
           loaf, and a well, signifying, Rose Hill I love well.
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     2. (Her.) A pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the
        name of the person to whom it belongs. See Canting arms,
        under Canting.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  rebus
      n 1: a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures
           representing syllables and words

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