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emoticon

noun [C]
 
 
/ɪˈməʊtɪkɒn/ COMMUNICATIONS
a sideways image of a face formed by keyboard symbols, which is used in emails to express a particular emotion, for example :-) to express happiness, or :-( to express sadness: The smiley face and other emoticons give a concise way of expressing sentiments that otherwise would be difficult to detect in e-mail.
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