epigraph

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epigraph an engraved inscription
    • n epigraph a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Epigraph (Literature) A citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the beginning of a work or of its separate divisions; a motto.
    • Epigraph Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epigraph An inscription cut or impressed on stone, metal, or other permanent material, as distinguished from a writing in manuscript, etc.; specifically, in archaeology, a terse inscription on a building, tomb, monument, or statue, denoting its use or appropriation, and sometimes incorporated in its scheme of ornamentation.
    • n epigraph A superscription or title at the beginning of a book, a treatise, or a part of a book.
    • n epigraph In lit., a citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the commencement of a work or of one of its separate divisions; a motto.
    • epigraph To inscribe an epigraph on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epigraph ep′i-graf an inscription, esp. on a building: a citation or motto at the commencement of a book or its parts
    • v.t Epigraph to provide with an epigraph
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. : cf. F. épigraphe,. See Epigram

Usage

In literature:

The latter bears as epigraph the passage from the gospels describing Christ's stilling of the winds.
"History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom" by Andrew Dickson White
Some short epigraphs on Assyrian gems, tablets, and cylinders belong apparently to about the same period.
"History of Phoenicia" by George Rawlinson
Your epigraph, my dear P., shows your kind and artless nature; but don't you see it is of no use?
"Roundabout Papers" by William Makepeace Thackeray
But the wall had been lately whitewashed, and the whitewash had obliterated the expected epigraph.
"What Will He Do With It, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Foucart has adduced epigraphic reasons for dating the work of Hippodamus here to 480-470 B.C.
"Ancient Town-Planning" by F. Haverfield
The head is well cut; the features have individuality and expression; the epigraph is sufficiently legible.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 7. (of 7): The Sassanian or New Persian Empire" by George Rawlinson
The epigraph of Burke's pamphlet, was 'Blow ye the trumpet in Zion.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The temple and its invaluable epigraphic treasures became known towards the middle of the sixteenth century.
"Pagan and Christian Rome" by Rodolfo Lanciani
This is in the realm of speculation, but it is not improbable that further epigraphical studies may confirm the hypothesis.
"The Hindu-Arabic Numerals" by David Eugene Smith
This makes him extraordinarily faithful to the epigraphs of his plates.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
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In news:

Erin McKean's field guide to unusual words in this week's Wall Street Journal looks at dancheong, epigraph and angioedema.
I have a pet theory about epigraphs .
" Epigraph " comes from a Greek word meaning "inscription".
My dictionary defines an "epigraph" thus: "a quotation placed at the beginning of a book or chapter to indicate the leading idea or theme.
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In science:

In particular, the epigraph P of any everywhere decreasing convex function on R>0 can occur as such a set.
Cones and Asymptotic Invariants of Multigraded Systems of Ideals
The following is the result on optimal points which will be used in the next subsection in order to ensure the positive reach of the epigraph of the minimum time function.
On the Minimum Time Function Around the Origin
The epigraph of the minimum time function has positive reach.
On the Minimum Time Function Around the Origin
Rn × R : F (x) ≤ t} be its epigraph, gr (F ) := {(x, t) ∈ Rn × R : F (x) = t} be its graph and hyp (F ) := {(x, t) ∈ Rn × R : F (x) ≥ t} be its hypograph.
Intersection Cuts for Nonlinear Integer Programming: Convexification Techniques for Structured Sets
In this section we consider the case in which the base set is either the epigraph or lower level set of a convex function and the forbidden set corresponds to a split set.
Intersection Cuts for Nonlinear Integer Programming: Convexification Techniques for Structured Sets
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