• WordNet 3.6
    • adj hieroglyphic written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols
    • adj hieroglyphic resembling hieroglyphic writing
    • n hieroglyphic a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
    • n hieroglyphic writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hieroglyphic A sacred character; a character used in picture writing, as of the ancient Egyptians, Mexicans, etc. Specifically, in the plural, the picture writing of the ancient Egyptian priests. It is made up of three, or, as some say, four classes of characters: first, the hieroglyphic proper, or figurative, in which the representation of the object conveys the idea of the object itself; second, the ideographic, consisting of symbols representing ideas, not sounds, as an ostrich feather is a symbol of truth; third, the phonetic, consisting of symbols employed as syllables of a word, or as letters of the alphabet, having a certain sound, as a hawk represented the vowel a.
    • Hieroglyphic Any character or figure which has, or is supposed to have, a hidden or mysterious significance; hence, any unintelligible or illegible character or mark.
    • Hieroglyphic Emblematic; expressive of some meaning by characters, pictures, or figures; as, hieroglyphic writing; a hieroglyphic obelisk. "Pages no better than blanks to common minds, to his, hieroglyphical of wisest secrets."
    • Hieroglyphic of or pertaining to hieroglyphs.
    • Hieroglyphic Resembling hieroglyphics; not decipherable. "An hieroglyphical scrawl."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hieroglyphic Expressed in hieroglyphs; written in or inscribed with symbolic characters: as, the hieroglyphic language of Egypt; hieroglyphic records; a hieroglyphic obelisk.
    • hieroglyphic Mysteriously symbolic or emblematic; hard to decipher or interpret.
    • hieroglyphic In entomology, having distinct, irregular color-markings, suggestive of Egyptian hieroglyphs: applied to the elytra of certain Coleoptera, etc.
    • n hieroglyphic Same as hieroglyph.
    • hieroglyphic Of or pertaining to certain vermiform structures which occur in the flysch, in Carpathian sandstone, and in the marine facies of the Cretaceous and Jurassic formations of the Alps. See II, 2.
    • n hieroglyphic One of certain vermiform structures, abundant in the Cretaceous and Jurassic rocks of some countries, probably in part the trails of mollusks or worms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hieroglyphic hī-ėr-o-glif′ik also Hī′eroglyph, the sacred characters of the ancient Egyptian language: picture-writing, or writing in which figures of objects are employed instead of conventional signs, like the alphabet—hieroglyphics are either phonetic or ideographic, the former comprising signs which represent sounds, the latter those which represent ideas: any symbolical or enigmatical figure
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  • Henry Miller
    “Until it is kindled by a spirit as flamingly alive as the one which gave it birth a book is dead to us. Words divested of their magic are but dead hieroglyphs.”
  • David Hare
    “Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hieroglyphicus, Gr. ; "iero`s sacred + gly`fein to carve: cf. F. hiéroglyphique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. hieroglyphikonhieros, sacred, glyphein, to carve.


In literature:

Hieroglyphics of thought were there, too mysterious for the common eye to interpret.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
It would be just as sensible to go through the rest of the story and substitute blanks or hieroglyphics for the important words.
"Short Story Writing" by Charles Raymond Barrett
Color played its part in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No 2, August, 1864" by Various
It is inscribed all over with hieroglyphics, and cost Sir John a large sum.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Chinese script to the hieroglyphic system of Babylonia, is still to be tested.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
The sides were covered with curious characters, seemingly hieroglyphics.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
A sort of 'when this you see remember me' hieroglyphic.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
But, alas 'tis written in Egyptian hieroglyphics.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
In its centre is an old temple of the date of Tiberius Caesar, the hieroglyphs in which are rapidly becoming obliterated.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
It may be worth showing, however, how liable even the latter were to blunder on these mysterious hieroglyphics.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli

In poetry:

And wrecks passed without sound of bells,
The calyx of death's bounty giving back
A scattered chapter, livid hieroglyph,
The portent wound in corridors of shells.
"At Melville's Tomb" by Harold Hart Crane
Thou knowest me who I am
The inmost soul and saviour
Of man ; what hieroglyph
Of the dragon and the lamb
Shall thou and I engrave here
On Time's inscandescable cliff ?
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley
In the last wreck of Nature, dark and dread,
Shall in eclipse's hideous hieroglyph,
One wild form reel on the last rocking cliff,
And shout, 'The daisy has a ring of red.'
"Good News" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Deep with divine tautology,
The sunset's mighty mystery
Again has traced the scroll-like west
With hieroglyphs of burning gold:
Forever new, forever old,
Its miracle is manifest.
"Sunset And Storm" by Madison Julius Cawein
Fair Nature's priestesses! to whom,
In hieroglyph of bud and bloom,
Her mysteries are told;
Who, wise in lore of wood and mead,
The seasons' pictured scrolls can read,
In lessons manifold!
"To -----" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Or I guess it is a uniform hieroglyphic,
And it means, Sprouting alike in broad zones and narrow
Growing among black folks as among white,
Kanuck, Tuckahoe, Congressman, Cuff, I give them the
same, I receive them the same.
"A child said, What is the grass?" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Ancient Egyptians did not speak to posterity only through hieroglyphs.
) in hieroglyphics texts and tomb scenes.
Hieroglyphic Being with Roche at the Icee Hot party, 10 pm Saturday, Aug 25.
We're never opposed to wild nails, but not everyone on the runways agreed with us this season: Instead of their dalmatian spots and mad hieroglyphics, Topshop went basic and nude.
If you're like most people, reading a plane ticket is about as easy as reading hieroglyphics.
She expertly worked with a vocabulary that included a resonant use of the upper body and a gestural language for the arms that sometimes approximated hieroglyphs.
A Q&A with hieroglyphs expert Janice Kamrin.
While doomsdayers predict the world will end on Dec 21, 2012, based on the "end date" of the Maya calendar shown in ancient hieroglyphics, experts say these inscriptions point instead to the.
Penmanship, like hieroglyphics and the IBM Selectric, has lost its purpose.
TRENTON — It might be a hieroglyph.
Neal Stephenson created the Hieroglyph Project to convince SciFi writers to stop worrying and learn to love the future.
The painted hieroglyphs and stone markings were filmed using a robot camera.
Bob's a speed bump on the road to progress By Bob Karolevitz I suppose all you computer folks think that writing my way ­ with a ball point pen and ancient typewriter ­ is not far removed from carving hieroglyphics on chunks of stone.
While scuba-diving on the Tanzania coast, Sam and Remi Fargo find a US Civil War ship's bell engraved with Aztec hieroglyphs.
Ancient Egyptians commemorated watermelons in hieroglyphics.

In science:

Cryptography appeared in the earlier human societies: Ancient Egyptians encrypted their hieroglyphic.
CRyptography and non commutative cohomology
Young, of the wave theory of light, partial decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphs, and much else).
Astrophysics in 2006