• the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions
    the Rocks of The Island Of Sehêl, With Some Of The Votive Inscriptions
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inscription the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
    • n inscription letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
    • n inscription a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Showing figures and inscription Showing figures and inscription
Heavily decorated, with figures and inscriptions Heavily decorated, with figures and inscriptions
DeQuoco harpsichord: 17. Inscription on wrest plank DeQuoco harpsichord: 17. Inscription on wrest plank
The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with black, and bearing the inscription: 'JOANNES FRIDERICUS OVERBECK—IN PACE The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "tip" dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, "To Insure Promptness," encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
    • Inscription (Anat) A line of division or intersection; as, the tendinous inscriptions, or intersections, of a muscle.
    • Inscription An address, consignment, or informal dedication, as of a book to a person, as a mark of respect or an invitation of patronage.
    • Inscription That which is inscribed; something written or engraved; especially, a word or words written or engraved on a solid substance for preservation or public inspection; as, inscriptions on monuments, pillars, coins, medals, etc.
    • Inscription The act or process of inscribing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inscription The act of inscribing, in any sense of that word.
    • n inscription Inscribed symbols, letters, or words; specifically, a descriptive, explanatory, or illustrative memorandum, as a name, title, motto, panegyric, etc., written, engraved, or stamped, as on a monument, a medal, etc.: as, an inscription on a tombstone, on a gem, a book, or a picture; the inscriptions on the obverse and reverse of a coin or a medal.
    • n inscription Specifically In archœol., a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface: as, the inscription on the Rosetta or the Moabite stone; the cuneiform inscriptions on rocks or brick cylinders; the inscriptions on the Egyptian temples or in the Roman catacombs; the inscriptions on Greek vases, votive tablets of terra-cotta, etc. It is to such inscriptions that our knowledge of Egyptian, Assyrian, and some other ancient languages and institutions is chiefly due; and study of the mass of such records left by the Greeks and Romans has corrected and completed an understanding of the history and civilization of these peoples, and contributed greatly to what we know of their language, their laws, their methods of thought, their traditions, and their public and private institutions and industries of all kinds.
    • n inscription A form of complimentary presentation or offering of a book or work of art, less elaborate than a dedication.
    • n inscription In early church music, a sign or motto, or both combined, placed at the beginning of a canon written in an enigmatical manner, to show how it was to be resolved. The inscription was often designedly more puzzling than the canon itself.
    • n inscription In the civil law, a consent by an accuser that, if the accusation be false, he will submit to the same punishment which would have been inflicted upon the accused had he been guilty.
    • n inscription Entry on the calendar, as of a cause in court.
    • n inscription In geometry, the inscribingof one figure in another; also, the state of being so inscribed.
    • n inscription A tendinous line interrupting the fleshy fibers of a muscle: seen especially in the abdominal muscles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Inscription a writing upon: that which is inscribed: title: dedication of a book to a person: the name given to records inscribed on stone, metal, clay, &c
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inscriptio, fr. inscribere, inscriptum, to inscribe: cf. F. inscription,. See Inscribe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inscribĕre, inscriptumin, upon, scribĕre, to write.


In literature:

Turning L., an inscription on No.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
I observed a Portuguese inscription on one piece, and they seemed generally of that manufacture.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Bear's Bible, inscription on the, 329.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
The surfaces of the pylon afforded space for reliefs and inscriptions, telling of the glories of the king who reared the temple.
"The Critic in the Orient" by George Hamlin Fitch
The inscriptions on this latter class of stones are almost always, if not always, sepulchral.
"Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1" by James Y. Simpson
The inscriptions give us Ka-mena's name, and show him as a king's acquaintance and a priest.
"El Kab" by J.E. Quibell
El Morro, the castle, is also called Inscription Rock.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
They are both inscriptions.
"Romulus, Makers of History" by Jacob Abbott
Both the painting and the inscription have now disappeared.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The church has been rebuilt, but has some inscriptions worth looking at.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker

In poetry:

‘He who is now vacant dust
'Was once the slave of one passion:'
Give that much inscription
‘Death why tardily come?'
"Homage To Sextus Propertius - VI" by Ezra Pound
"I know it; and, but for forgetfulness, dear,
I meant you the coffin this day should have seen,
And read the inscription, and told me the year
And day of the death of your poor old Nurse Green."
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
--Now, streaming down the vaulted aisle,
The sunbeam, long and lone,
Illumes the characters awhile
Of their inscription stone ;
And there, in marble bard and cold,
The knight and all his train behold.
"The Squire’s Pew" by Jane Taylor
Faith, grateful reverence,--these are traits
Worth more than rank or fame,
And what this brief inscription states
Does honor to his name,
And makes us wish still more to know
Of him who built here long ago.
"Delio Patri" by John Lawson Stoddard
So on life's mighty thoroughfare,
The multitude of every class
Leave no inscriptions chiseled, where
Their transient footsteps chanced to pass,
And waft to each succeeding age
No echoes from their pilgrimage.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King
Then a worm began to chew the indifferent coats,
the pages, the inscriptions, and even the dust on the pictures.
The only thing it did not chew was the everlasting sob of life that broke
and broke from those pages.
"The Dead in Frock Coats" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade

In news:

(See Images of Early Christian Inscriptions and Artifacts).
If the inscription is Hebrew, it would indicate a connection to the Israelites and make the text "one of the most important texts, without a doubt, in the corpus of Hebrew inscriptions ," Maier said.
Debate over 'Jesus inscription ' rises again.
In this close-up, an inscription in Hebrew reading "Ya'acov," or James, is seen on an ancient box used to bury human bones.
Healy's portrait of President Lincoln is an inscription from a letter written by John Adams on his second night in the White House.
0Bella gives her a daughter a locket with the inscription, "More Than My Own Life".
Bella gives her a daughter a locket with the inscription, "More Than My Own Life".
In 1991, the US Postal Service (USPS) issued a stamp depicting the now on-again, off-again planet Pluto with the inscription "Not Yet Explored".
The inscription reads, "Now you have the sun and stars to play with".
MLK Memorial inscription to be removed, not replaced.
The controversial "drum major" inscription on the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial on the National Mall in Washington will be removed rather than replaced under a plan announced Tuesday by federal officials.
Authorities say Therron Crank and Gerallino Bedonie killed Vladimir and Karlysha Hurley last month in Inscription House.
THE inscription on New York's Statue of Liberty (written by Emma Lazarus in 1883) invites the rest of the world to "give us your tired, your poor the wretched refuse of your teeming shore".
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar endorsed a plan Tuesday to remove a disputed inscription from the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial, rather than cut into the granite to replace it with a fuller quotation .
The inscription on this kitschy spoon rest is so clever, we'll have to scoop it up for ourselves— and our friends.

In science:

It is rather the inscription on a grave signaling that the system was complex when it was alive.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
To unify the style of the volume such inscriptions were omitted.
Strong invariance principle for dependent random fields
When considering, instead, Turing machines that produce an output, we say that a run r outputs the word w′ if r end in an accepting state and w′ is the inscription of the last (i.e., t -th) external memory tape.
Randomized Computations on Large Data Sets: Tight Lower Bounds
This is followed by the inscription of the need for Information Security of a Smart Grid System via literature review.
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System
Using ultrafast laser inscription, we report the fabrication of a prototype three-dimensional 121-waveguide fan-out device capable of reformatting the output of a 120 core multicore fiber (MCF) into a one-dimensional linear array.
Ultrafast Laser Inscription of a 121-Waveguide Fan-Out for Astrophotonics