1. A picture representing a word, phrase, or idea, especially one used in early writing systems.
2. A pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures. In both senses also called pictogram.
[Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -GRAPH.]
pic·togra·phy (pĭk-tŏgrə-fē) n.
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