tomb

Definitions

  • the Façade and The Stele of The Tomb Of Phtahshopsisu at Saqqara
    the Façade and The Stele of The Tomb Of Phtahshopsisu at Saqqara
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tomb a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone) "he put flowers on his mother's grave"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti Men and Women Singers, Flute-players, Harpists, And Dancers, from the Tomb of Ti
the Funeral Stele of The Tomb Of Amten, The 'grand Huntsman the Funeral Stele of The Tomb Of Amten, The 'grand Huntsman
Statue of Amten, Found in his Tomb Statue of Amten, Found in his Tomb
the Mountain of Aswan and The Tombs Of The Princes of Elephantine the Mountain of Aswan and The Tombs Of The Princes of Elephantine
HirkhÛf Receiving Posthumous Homage at the Door Of his Tomb from His Son HirkhÛf Receiving Posthumous Homage at the Door Of his Tomb from His Son
Painting at the Entrance of The Fifth Tomb Painting at the Entrance of The Fifth Tomb
the Mountain of Silt With The Tombs Of The Princes the Mountain of Silt With The Tombs Of The Princes
the Tombs of Princes Of The Gazelle-nome At Beni-hasan the Tombs of Princes Of The Gazelle-nome At Beni-hasan

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Taj Mahal was actually built for use as a tomb
    • Tomb A house or vault, formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, for the reception of the dead. "In tomb of marble stones."
    • Tomb A monument erected to inclose the body and preserve the name and memory of the dead. "Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb ."
    • Tomb A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave; a sepulcher. "As one dead in the bottom of a tomb ."
    • v. t Tomb To place in a tomb; to bury; to inter; to entomb. "I tombed my brother that I might be blessed."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Elvis had a twin brother named Aaron, who died at birth, which is why Elvis' middle name was spelled Aron: in honor of his brother. It is also misspelled on his tomb stone.
    • n tomb An excavation in earth or rock, intended to receive the dead body of a human being; a grave; also, a chamber or vault formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, or wholly above ground, for the reception of the dead, whether plain, or decorated by means of architecture, sculpture, etc.; a mausoleum; a sarcophagus. See also cuts under catacomb, Lycian, and altar-tomb.
    • n tomb A monument erected to preserve the memory of the dead; any sepulchral structure; a cenotaph.
    • n tomb Same as altar-cavity.
    • n tomb Figuratively, the end of earthly life; death.
    • tomb To bury; inter; intomb.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nobody is buried in Grant's tomb. President & Mrs. Grant are entombed there. A body is buried only when it is placed in the ground and covered with dirt.
    • n Tomb tōōm a pit or vault in the earth, in which a dead body is placed: a tombstone
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Quotations

  • Herman Melville
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    “Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.”
  • Alexander The Great
    Alexander The Great
    “A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”
  • Emily Dickinson
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    “Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “Literature, as a field of glory, is an arena where a tomb may be more easily found than laurels; and as a means of support, it is the chance of chances.”
  • Robert Browning
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    “Take away love and our earth is a tomb.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. tombe, toumbe, F. tombe, LL. tumba, fr. Gr. a tomb, grave; perhaps akin to L. tumulus, a mound. Cf. Tumulus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tombe—L. tumba—Gr. tymbos.

Usage

In literature:

Here lie the queens who suffered at the Tower, and, strangely enough, their tombs are mostly unmarked.
"John and Betty's History Visit" by Margaret Williamson
Among Canova's works his immortal masterpiece is the monumental memorial group for the tomb of Pope Clement XIII in St. Peter's.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
My father has been telling me that he ground down the people to build this wonderful tomb for himself.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
THE ROCK-CUT TOMB OF DARIUS.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Rachel's tomb is a little furder on.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Did he himself issue from the tomb?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden: and in the garden a new tomb wherein was never man yet laid.
"His Last Week" by William E. Barton
The tomb was erected in 1860, but the exact position of the grave has never been discovered.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
In the ancient tombs there are sometimes mummies of cats.
"The Egyptian Cat Mystery" by Harold Leland Goodwin
The bones were carefully removed and interred in this Chapel in the tomb you see before you.
"A Trip to the Orient" by Robert Urie Jacob
About ten elaborate marble tombs still lie at the foot of the building.
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
There he will remain, then, walled up as in a tomb, buried alive!
"The Lion of Janina" by Mór Jókai
The minarets of these tombs are most richly ornamented with tracery, sculpture, and variegated marbles.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
What cave did Abraham buy for a family tomb?
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
It is said this edifice contains the tomb of the founder, surrounded by forty others of princesses.
"The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;" by Nathaniel Armstrong Wells
Sunday-Albany outside was as tranquil as the tomb, and scarcely a footstep passed under his window.
"Fairfax and His Pride" by Marie Van Vorst
He died a Christian about 1840 and was buried in the tomb of very inferior size which crowns the village cemetery.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
There were many fine tombs and statues.
"Glories of Spain" by Charles W. Wood
The little packet of incense, however, taken from the Tomb, he did not destroy.
"The Wave" by Algernon Blackwood
Among his papers had been found a receipt for a tomb in the cemetery at Montmartre, bought by him about a year before.
"The Crime of the Boulevard" by Jules Claretie
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In poetry:

"To thee the world is like a tomb,
A desert's naked shore;
To us, in unimagined bloom,
It brightens more and more!
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
"I wish I had a quiet tomb,
Beside a little rill;
Where birds, and bees, and butterflies,
Would sing upon the hill."
"I Wish I Had A Quiet Tomb" by Louisa May Alcott
Like summer days from winter's tomb,
Shall rise thy women fair;
Gray Death, a shadow, not a doom,
Lo, is not anywhere!
"The Woman of Whom Satan Had Bound" by George MacDonald
And bravely if thou keep it fast,
What yet may be thy doom!
This very hour may be thy last,
That aerie prove thy tomb.
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
Thou, sharing in the awful doom,
Didst help thy Lord to die;
Then, weeping o'er his empty tomb,
Didst hear him Mary cry.
"Mary Magdalene" by George MacDonald
Yet, though we sorrowing weep thy doom,
We know, that far most greatly blest
Are those, who earliest, through the tomb,
Ascend to God's eternal rest!
"On the Death of Ellen Sharp - 1822" by Eliza Acton

In news:

The tomb, at Arlington Cemetery in the Washington-area, has been continuously guarded since 1948.
Claims about Jesus' 'lost tomb' stir up tempest.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and wife Laureen also visit Humayun's Tomb in New Dehli, India on Monday THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick.
His Tomb and His Treasures by I.E.S.
Robinson began his quest by walking from his Pennsylvania home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in 2010.
(UPDATED) Lindsey Stone defends her controversial Tomb of the Unknown Soldier photo.
Tomb of the unknown soldier .
A Plymouth woman is in hot water after posting an "offensive, inappropriate" photograph taken at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on her personal Facebook page.
Wreath laid at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier 2.
Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknowns.
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT THE GUARDS OF THE "TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER ".
LAST DECEMBER, 14 pilgrims and I visited the tomb of St Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo in southern Italy.
Ashland Police said 43-year-old Justin Tombe was turning onto Water Street at less than 10 miles an hour.
Unique tombs found in Philippines .
For several centuries I was laid to rest but now I have risen from my tomb to bring you the most evil tunes ever heard.
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In science:

The original image is a detail of the Book of the Dead, found in the Kha's Tomb.
Color Dipole Moments for Edge Detection
The earliest known star maps in Egypt are found as a main part of a decor in a tomb (TT 353) at Thebes on the West bank of the Nile (e.g.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
The tomb was build during of the Egyptian 18th dynasty, and it belonged to Queen Hatshepsut’s vizer and calendar registrar Senenmut (also known as Senmut or Senemut).
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
Other dimensions of his career are suggested by the presence of an astronomical ceiling in his tomb at Deir el Bahari and about 150 ostraca in his tomb at Qurna, including several drawings, as well as lists, calculations, various reports and literary works.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
The astronomical ceiling in Senenmut’s tomb (TT 353) is divided into two sections representing the northern and the southern skies.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
It has also been a source of fascination once its manufacturing process became understood around 2000BC in the Caucasus and has continued to amaze us when considering artifacts from the tomb of Thutmose III(1480 BC), stained glasses windows in Chartres or the exciting world of silica glass based fiber optics.
Formulation of thermodynamics for the glassy state: configurational energy as a modest source of energy
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