Emoticons

A representation of a facial expression (as a smile or frown) created by typing a sequence of characters; e.g., " :-( and :-)" are emoticons.

Source: http://www.wordreference.com/definition/emoticon

Contextual Use: "In order to assess Jane's readiness to learning, the teacher began each lesson by offering her a choice of emoticons that allowed her to indicate her mood. "

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