While browsing the Internet (or even offline), you are likely to encounter many symbols. Some of them are common, but for others, you probably needed help identifying the symbol.
The Internet has resources to help you. We will show you how to discover what a symbol means using a variety of methods.
1. Visit Symbols.com
The well-known Symbols.com is a great place to start your search. Along with the selections and categories featured on the home page, you can use its symbol search engine to find what you are looking for. Simply write the query at the top and you will see the matching symbols.
That's great if you want to find a symbol by text (for example, look for the "kosher" symbol). But in many cases, you will see a symbol and wonder what its meaning is. Fortunately, the site offers other ways to identify a symbol.
In the lower left corner of the page, you will see the section Graphic index . This allows you to search for a symbol based on its characteristics. It provides some simple drop-down boxes that allow you to specify whether the shape is open or closed, if it has colors, if the lines are curved or straight, and the like.
Enter as much information as you know, then click Search to search for symbols that match your criteria. If this does not help you find what you are looking for, you can use the symbol categories to navigate groups such as Currency signs Warning symbols and others.
Failing that, you can search alphabetically using the letters at the top of the screen. If you are not looking for anything in particular, the Random button can help you learn something new.
2. Draw a symbol to discover its meaning
If you are puzzled by something you saw offline, it makes more sense to find the symbol in an image. You will find several sites that offer this functionality.
One of them is Shapecatcher. Simply draw the symbol you want to search with the mouse or touch screen and click on the Recognize button. The service will return symbols that match your drawing.
If you don't see a match, redraw it and try again. The site only uses free Unicode fonts, so you may not have all possible symbols. Try Mausr for a similar alternative if it doesn't work for you.
3. Search for symbols with Google
If you find an unknown icon while browsing the web, you don't have to worry about searching for it on a symbol identification site. Simply run a symbol search with Google, and you should have your answer in seconds.
In Chrome, along with most other browsers, you can easily search Google for any text. Just highlight it on the page, right-click and choose Search Google “[term]” . This will open a new tab with a Google search of the term. If your browser does not have this for some reason, you can simply copy the symbol as you would with any other text and paste it into Google.
Either way, Google should point it in the right direction to find the meaning of that text. symbol.
4. Search for a list of symbols
Unicode (the standard for text encoding) supports a series of common symbols, which is how they can appear as standard text. While they do not have dedicated keys on a standard keyboard, you can use ALT codes to enter symbolsinstead.
If you cannot find the symbol you are looking for using one of the methods above, you can find it by browsing through all the symbols that Unicode supports. Take a look at the Unicode character list of "another symbol" of Compart and you can find the one that interests you. If you prefer an alternative, see the Unicode Character Table.
Of course, not all symbols are compatible with Unicode. Traffic signs, religious symbols and symbols of daily consumption are not part of this. You may need to drill down to the Wikipedia symbol list page for those types of icons.
5. Learn Emoji Symbols
While I could argue that they are not technically symbols, emoji often represent a point of confusion for people. After all, there are hundreds of emojis to follow, in addition to design and new changes that appear all the time.
First, we recommend reviewing our emoji face meaning guide. This will update you with some of the most common.
If you still have questions about emoji symbols, take a look at Emojipedia. Here you can search for a specific emoji, browse categories and read news about emoji. The page of each emoji tells you not only what its official meaning is, but what it is often used for.
6. Use a Stock Teletype Symbol Finder
We complete our discussion on the discovery of symbol meanings by mentioning financial symbols. They are obviously different from the symbols mentioned above, but they are still a type of symbol that you may want to look for.
MarketWatch, one of our favorite financial sites to keep up with the market, offers a practical tool symbol search. If you know the symbol that interests you, enter it to see the details of that company. If you are not sure what it is, enter a company's name and you will see matches for it.
Once you have reached the page of a company, you can see all kinds of data, such as trends, news and competitors.
Know what the meaning of any symbol is
Now he knows where to go every time he encounters an unknown symbol. Whether it's a quick Google search or drawing something you saw offline, you no longer have to guess what these icons mean.
Facebook has its own set of symbols that you may not understand. If that is the case, take a look at our guide to the many Facebook symbols.