Cippus

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cippus A small, low pillar, square or round, commonly having an inscription, used by the ancients for various purposes, as for indicating the distances of places, for a landmark, for sepulchral inscriptions, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cippus In Roman antiquity, a post or pillar, or even a large stake, of wood or stone, used for forming a palisade (for which purpose tree-trunks stripped of their branches were commonly used), or as a mark or monument; specifically, such a monument marking a grave or a sacred place. The cippus was either cylindrical or square, and sometimes had a base and a capital, and more or less sculptured ornament. Many cippi bear the inscription S. T. T. L. (Sit tibi terra levis, May the earth be light to thee); but many other forms of inscription appear. Cippi were also used to display decrees of the senate and other public notices.
    • n cippus In Rom. milit. hist., a palisade for military purposes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cippus sip′us the stocks: a monumental pillar.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., stake, post
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cippus, a post.

Usage

In literature:

Vieux, is a cippus of variegated marble, about five feet high by two feet wide, and bearing inscriptions upon three of its sides.
"Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Dawson Turner
Cippus of Agrippina the Elder, 184 (cut).
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
The story of Genucius Cippus is one of those strange fables with which the Roman history is diversified.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Cippus again address'd them.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
Over the capital is an iron balcony encompassing a cippus, or meta, 32 feet high, supporting a blazing urn of brass gilt.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Mille pedes in fronte, trecentos cippus in agrum Hic dabat, heredes monumentum ne sequeretur.
"Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)" by A Sexton of the Old School
Sarcophagi of S. Constantia and S. Helena, and cippus of Syphax found on the road to Tibur.
"Old Rome" by Robert Burn
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