• the Obelisk of Ûsirtasen I., Still Standing In The Plain of Heliopolis
    the Obelisk of Ûsirtasen I., Still Standing In The Plain of Heliopolis
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obelisk a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
    • n obelisk a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • obelisk (Print) A mark of reference; -- called also dagger†]. See Dagger n., 2.
    • obelisk An upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom.
    • v. t Obelisk To mark or designate with an obelisk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obelisk A tapering shaft of rectangular plan, generally finished with a pyramidal apex. The apex in the typical obelisks of ancient Egypt was sheathed with a bronze cap. The proportion of the thickness to the height is nearly the same in all Egyptian obelisks — that is, between one ninth and one tenth; and the thickness at the top is never less than half nor greater than three fourths of the thickness at the base. Egypt abounded with obelisks, which were set up to record the honors or triumphs of the kings; and many have been removed thence, in both ancient and modern times. The two largest were erected by Sesostris in Heliopolis; the height of these was 78 feet; they were removed to Rome by Augustus. Two obelisks in Alexandria, known as Cleopatra's Needles, were offered by Mehemet Ali to Great Britain and France respectively. The French chose instead the Luxor obelisk, which was erected in the Place de la Concorde in Paris in 1833. That chosen by the British lay prostrate in the sand until it was removed and erected on the Thames embankment in London, in 1878, by private enterprise. Its height is 68 feet 5½ inches, and its dimensions at the base are 7 feet 10½ inches by 7 feet 5 inches. The companion obelisk was afterward presented to the city of New York, where it now stands in Central Park, having been transported thither in 1880 by private enterprise.
    • n obelisk In printing and writing, a sign resembling a small dagger (), and hence also called a dagger. It was formerly employed in editions of ancient authors to point out and censure spurious or doubtful passages, and for like purposes, but is now generally used as a reference-mark to direct the reader to a marginal note or foot-note on the same page, in dictionaries to distinguish obsolete words, or before dates in biographical or historical works of reference to indicate the year of death. The double obelisk is a mark of reference of the form ‡.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Obelisk ob′e-lisk a tall, four-sided, tapering pillar, usually of one stone, finished at the top like a flat pyramid:
    • n Obelisk ob′e-lisk (print.) a dagger ( † )
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obeliscus, Gr. 'obeli`skos, dim. of 'obelo`s a spit, a pointed pillar: cf. F. obélisque,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. and L., from Gr. obeliskos, dim. of obelos, a spit.


In literature:

Having explored the park, viewed the obelisk and visited the zoo, we wandered up and down Broadway, mooning upon the life of the streets.
"A Son of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
From Cleopatra's kingdom men stole the obelisks now in New York and London.
"A Man's Value to Society" by Newell Dwight Hillis
OBELISK, emblem of Ra, 51.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
An obelisk resembles nothing so much as the fanciful figures of a dream.
"Harper's Young People, October 5, 1880" by Various
Lastly, between the tank and the house are twelve others, one under each of the globes, which, flanked by obelisks, crown the wall.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
The obelisk in the centre of the piazza was brought to Rome from Heliopolis by Caesar Augustus and originally stood in the Circus Maximus.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
One other feature of Egyptian architecture which was peculiar to it must be mentioned; namely, the obelisk.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Obelisk between Yarmouth and Gorleston, 78.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Heliopolis is the "house of the obelisk," the obelisk being a representation of the sun.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Obelisk as symbol, 215.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
His drawings of the obelisks were of singular interest.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
What to think, effectively, of the types of the personages whose portraits are carved on the obelisks of Copan?
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
In our motor-truck we circled Lake Doiran, and a mile from the station came to a stone obelisk.
"With the French in France and Salonika" by Richard Harding Davis
Lord Dalhousie built that obelisk when he was Governor in 1827.
"Cedar Creek" by Elizabeth Hely Walshe
Yet the invention sunk into obscurity, and few records remain of it except the pompous obelisk and the wreck of this house.
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
An obelisk was erected in 1730 to commemorate the opening of the canal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Nothing of it is now left above ground save an obelisk and a few ruined walls.
"Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu" by Constance Fenimore Woolson
The columns of Trajan and Antonine were still erect; but the Egyptian obelisks were broken or buried.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 16" by Various
Obelisks, Egyptian, prodigious height of, i.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume II (of 2)" by John William Draper
Near the obelisk she came on Elly, exercising grandmamma's pug at the end of a blue ribbon, which was not in the least necessary.
"The Undying Past" by Hermann Sudermann

In poetry:

Alas! for many a moon,
That tongueless tower hath cleaved the Sabbath air,
Mute as an obelisk of ice, aglare
Beneath an Arctic noon.
"Christmas" by Henry Timrod
But you can read the Hieroglyphs on the
great sandstone obelisks,
And you have talked with Basilisks, and you
have looked on Hippogriffs.
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
But Death was by, like shell of pyramid
Among old obelisks, and his eyeless head
Shook o'er the wiery ribs, where darkness lay
The image of a heart--He is away!
And Julio is watching, like Remorse,
Over the pale and solitary corse!
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera II" by Thomas Stoddart
Twas here that William of Orange first touched English ground,
And as he viewed the beautiful spot his heart with joy did rebound;
And an obelisk marks the spot where he did stand,
And which for long will be remembered throughout England.
"Beautiful Torquay" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The NOVA obelisk before the attempt.
I had just finished sending my latest dispatch by satellite phone around 11 o'clock last night when Julia Cort, producer of "Obelisk II" and leader of our effort, came into my room, looking as exhausted as I've ever seen her.
The sun sets on a hard-working crew during the filming of " Obelisk ".
Returning the obelisk , however, will be no easy feat.
Secrets of Lost Empires I— Obelisk .
Secrets of the Lost Empire Pharaoh 's Obelisk PBS.
Secrets of Lost Empires II— Pharaoh 's Obelisk.
Repairs to the Washington Monument will require massive scaffolding to be built around the 555-foot obelisk and may keep it closed into 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year, the National Park Service said Monday.
Repairs to the Washington Monument will require massive scaffolding to be built around the 555-foot obelisk and may keep it closed until 2014 after it was damaged by an earthquake last year.
The Egyptian Obelisk also known was the Obelisk of Theodosius , is one of the only remaining remnants of the Hippodrome.
Dana Denis-Smith and Charlotte Devlin, founders of Obelisk Legal Support, a company that allows highly qualified former City lawyers to work flexibly from home to fit in with family commitments.
But that doesn't mean the obelisks are in Mexico.
Today these first Swedish settlers in Minnesota are named on a 22-foot obelisk.
The Egyptian Obelisk also known was the Obelisk of Theodosius, is one of the only remaining remnants of the Hippodrome.
This obelisk is a striking accent piece for the garden.