cuneiform

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cuneiform of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)
    • adj cuneiform shaped like a wedge
    • n cuneiform an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cuneiform (Anat) One of the carpal bones usually articulating with the ulna; -- called also pyramidal and ulnare.
    • Cuneiform (Anat) One of the three tarsal bones supporting the first, second third metatarsals. They are usually designated as external, middle, and internal, or ectocuniform mesocuniform, and entocuniform, respectively.
    • Cuneiform Pertaining to, or versed in, the ancient wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions in them. "A cuneiform scholar."
    • Cuneiform The wedge-shaped characters used in ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions.
    • Cuneiform Wedge-shaped; as, a cuneiform bone; -- especially applied to the wedge-shaped or arrowheaded characters of ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. See Arrowheaded.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cuneiform Having the shape or form of a wedge; cuneate. Specifically— Applied to the wedge-shaped or arrow-headed characters, or to the inscriptions in such characters, of the ancient Mesopotamians and Persians. See arrow-headed.
    • cuneiform In entomology, said of parts or joints which are attached by a thin but broad base, and thicken gradually to a suddenly truncated apex, In anatomy, applied to certain wedge-shaped carpal and tarsal bones. See phrases below.
    • cuneiform Occupied with or versed in the wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions written in them: as, “a cuneiform scholar,”
    • n cuneiform A cuneiform bone: as, the three cuneiforms of the foot.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cuneiform wedge-shaped—specially applied to the old Babylonian and Assyrian writing, of which the characters have a wedge-shape
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cuneus, a wedge + -form,: cf. F. cunei-forme,. See Coin
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. cuneus, a wedge.

Usage

In literature:

The Babylonians and Assyrians developed the cuneiform method of writing.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
All the letters from the people of Canaan to the Egyptian king and his Foreign Office were written in cuneiform.
"The Bible in its Making" by Mildred Duff
In its cuneiform text it was first discovered on fragments of tablets brought from the library of Ashurbanipal.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
What is known of them has been learned from the cuneiform inscriptions.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
He would show her his books some day, and the casts of the cuneiform inscriptions.
"Vanitas" by Vernon Lee
It was the Minoan written language, which, along with cuneiform and hieroglyphics, was among the oldest in the world.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
The decipherment of the cuneiform texts put an end to all such speculations.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various
The inscriptions are in the cuneiform character, of the class usually termed Babylonian.
"The Progress of Ethnology" by John Russell Bartlett
They look to me like a kind of cuneiform character, a good deal altered, but this of course is impossible.
"The Three Impostors" by Arthur Machen
In this way he succeeded in obtaining conjectural values for six cuneiform letters.
"Chapters of Bible Study" by Herman J. Heuser
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In news:

Cuneiform Records continues to release some of the most daring and visionary progressive jazz recordings of our time.
Kumpf middle schoolers learn about cuneiform .
Cuneiform Records has released another series of discs on the last several months that will almost certainly enchant Last Call listeners.
The Microscopic Septet Friday the 13th: The Micros Play Monk Cuneiform Records.
First professional thieves came in and went cherry-picking through the galleries, taking priceless cuneiform tablets and bronzes.
The Forgas Band Phenomena Soleil 12 Cuneiform Records.
Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown Varmint Cuneiform Records.
Thinking Plague Malthusian Dances Decline and Fall Cuneiform.
Ed Palermo Big Band Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance Cuneiform Records.
Pip Pyle BASH Belle Illusion Cuneiform Records.
The Claudia Quintet For Cuneiform Records.
Led Bib Sensible Shoes Cuneiform Records.
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In science:

It is known from cuneiform clay tablets that the Babylonians were able to calculate square roots accurately long before the time of Archimedes, but there is no contemporary evidence of how they did this.
Archimedes' calculations of square roots
It is interesting to note that Babylonian cuneiform tablets reporting astronomical observations record the same set of information.
Data challenges of time domain astronomy
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