Similar in graphic structure to a mirror
image of N in the Western alphabet, this sign is, in all probability,
a basic gestalt in Western
ideography. With the basic element of the straight line thrice
repeated and connected, some ten graphs can be created, all of which
are common in Western ideography. Many of them, like and this entry sign, are signs for danger. is associated
with energy and
power, which are
This runic structure is seldom seen in the Nordic runic alphahets. Occasionally it is used instead of , the sun rune, and , the yew tree rune. In the runic tradition of Germany the sign is the Sigrune, i.e. the rune of victory (together with in Group 4). It is strongly associated with military power, violence, battle, death and war.
See, for instance, and in Group 34.
is also a sign for heat. In industrial engineering, for example, represents an electric melting oven.
is used in some military systems, as in for liaison and signal company.
In computer flowcharting indicates communication links.
In the Japanese Art of warfare, a treatise on military strategy from the end of the Middle Ages, the similar means way, path or street, depending upon the surrounding signs.