tombstone

Definitions

  • Foam—the Derelict's Only Tombstone
    Foam—the Derelict's Only Tombstone
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tombstone a stone that is used to mark a grave
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When former Texas Governor James Hogg was on his deathbed he made a special request that a pecan tree be planted at the head of his grave instead of a tombstone. The governor passed away on March 2, 1906, which is Texas Independence Day. The pecan tree is now the state tree of Texas
    • n Tombstone A stone erected over a grave, to preserve the memory of the deceased.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On her tombstone is written "She did it the hard way."
    • n tombstone A stone placed over a grave, to preserve the memory of the deceased; a sepulchral monument.
    • n tombstone In heraldry, a bearing representing a sarcophagus or altar-tomb, usually having a large Latin cross on the slab or top.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Of all things, Andrew Jackson?s tombstone does not mention that he served as the president of the United States
    • n Tombstone a stone erected over a tomb to preserve the memory of the dead
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
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    “He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
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    “And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased, and the epitaph drear: A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.”
  • Nicholas Butler
    Nicholas Butler
    “The epitaphs on tombstones of a great many people should read: Died at thirty, and buried at sixty.”
  • Gregory Nunn
    Gregory Nunn
    “The most touching epitaph I ever encountered was on the tombstone of the printer of Edinburgh. It said simply: He kept down the cost and set the type right.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Even a tombstone says good things about a fellow who's down.”
  • Anna Cummins
    Anna Cummins
    “Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead. Do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tombe—L. tumba—Gr. tymbos.

Usage

In literature:

On the floor is the noble tombstone of the Doge himself (1462-1471) by Pietro Lombardi.
"A Wanderer in Venice" by E.V. Lucas
The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones.
"Orthodoxy" by G. K. Chesterton
When the rainy day comes I will be well in out of the drip, and my tombstone will be 'next best' in the cemetery.
"Skookum Chuck Fables" by Skookum Chuck (pseud for R.D. Cumming)
It is not often that a man is roused from sleep by his own tombstone falling on him, but that is how was at last awakened.
"Miss Dexie" by Stanford Eveleth
In one of the towers next the Danube is a sculptured Roman tombstone.
"Servia, Youngest Member of the European Family" by Andrew Archibald Paton
He thought it time to order his tombstone.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
About the two tilted and careened the neglected tombstones of those who slept humbly but restfully here.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Abd el Wahhab condemned minarets and tombstones because neither were in use during the first years of Islam.
"The Future of Islam" by Wilfred Scawen Blunt
With a humorous etching of his tombstone, and Original Epitaph.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
A short distance from its base were two tombstones, sculptured with more than ordinary care and ability.
"Herzegovina" by George Arbuthnot
A tombstone stills the air around it.
"Sunrise" by William Black
Then afterwards there is a tombstone, and Iris thinks of the insipcron.
"A Little Mother to the Others" by L. T. Meade
The tombstones in Germany are whimsical enough.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Well, I've given one or two men a pretty bad time, but you may write it on my tombstone that I never hurt another woman.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
He sat down on a tombstone that was near the door, and began thinking.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
And look at them mantelpieces, pure tombstone marble; and all carved like you see.
"An Alabaster Box" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
Mr. Grame, who had been hidden by a large upright tombstone, emerged into view.
"The Argosy" by Various
Miss Kate had come to grief in jumping over a tombstone, and bruised both her knees.
"The Argosy" by Various
A tombstone marks her grave.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume IV." by Various
Some who wrote their names in the traveller's book in this cottage, have them now written by others on their tombstone.
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, February 1844" by Various
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In poetry:

It tells the folk to live in peace,
And still, in peace, to die.
At least, so speaks the moon to me,
The tombstone of the sky.
"What The Sexton Said" by Vachel Lindsay
A human skull in a church-yard lay;
For the church was a wreck, and the tombstones old
On the graves of their dead were rotting away
To the like of their long-watched mould.
"The Heremite Toad" by Madison Julius Cawein
Oh! it was a pitiful and a terrible sight
To see the fallen trees lying left and right,
Scattered about in the beautiful Hill of Balgay,
Also the tombstones that were swept away.
"The Terrific Cyclone of 1893" by William Topaz McGonagall
On foreign soil they might insult her husband -
Plough up the land and break his tombstone there!
His wife, his mother beg you not to do it!
In heaven's name, please listen! Do not dare!
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov
Thoughts full of import, earnest and deep,
Must the feeling heart in their spirit steep,
Here, where Death’s footprints meet the sight:
The long chill rows of tombstones white,
The graves so thickly, widely spread,
Within this city of the Dead.
"Our Mountain Cemetery" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
Solemn and weird was the spectral scene—
The tombstones white, with low mounds between,
The awful stillness, eerie and dread,
Brooding above that home of the dead,
While Christmas fires lit up each hearth
And shed their glow upon scenes of mirth.
"Beneath The Snow" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

The Box is less a tombstone than a musical mausoleum.
Hartford Police say they've arrested three teenagers accused of toppling more than 60 tombstones at a cemetery.
Old tombstone found in house being demolished.
The tombstone for the Rev.
Man Has Dead Wife's Vagina Carved on Tombstone.
A great deal of Hudson County history is on display in the countless tombstones that mark the final resting places of earlier generations.
The one thing that Grand Haven resident Adrian Rodriguez Sr. Wishes for now never had a place under the family's Christmas tree — a tombstone for his 13-year-old son's grave.
This irks me just like the vandals who knocked over the tombstones in the Jewish cemetery recently.
The Tri-Top tombstone from Lang Technovation enables the use of three devices to maximize efficiency and minimize shutdown times for four- and five-axis machines.
Lightweight Tombstone Suitable for Smaller CNCs.
Maybe the people feel no one cares how things look, for nothing has been done with the tombstones that were destroyed in the Stone Church Cemetery.
Local residents fulfill their sartorial fantasies on Tombstone 's dusty streets (Daniel Borris).
A year later, Tombstone 's marshal was named Virgil Earp, who, with his younger brothers, Wyatt and Morgan, and a gambler named Doc Holliday, vanquished the Clanton and McLaury boys in a gunfight at the O.K.
Before the release of Windows Server 2003, no method existed for bringing tombstones back to life.
When it comes to personalized tombstones , St Paul's Oakland Cemetery has one of the best displays around.
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