from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A structure or figure, often in the shape of an oval shield or oblong scroll, used as an architectural or graphic ornament or to bear a design or inscription.
- n. An oval or oblong figure in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that encloses characters expressing the names or epithets of royal or divine personages.
- n. A heavy paper cartridge case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornamental figure, often on an oval shield.
- n. an oval figure containing characters that represent the names of royal or divine people.
- n. A paper cartridge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A roll or case of paper holding a charge for a firearm; a cartridge.
- n. A cartridge-box (which see).
- n. A case of wood bound about with marline, containing several iron balls of a pound each and about 400 musket-balls, to be fired from a cannon or howitzer. Farrow, Mil. Encyc.
- n. An oval or oblong figure on ancient Egyptian monuments and in papyri, containing groups of characters expressing the names or titles of royal personages and, rarely, of deities: a name given by Champollion.
- n. A painted, engraved, or sculptured ornament of irregular or fantastic form, inclosing a plain central space used as a field for inscriptions, etc.
- n. In heraldry, a name given in England to the oval escutcheon often seen in Italian heraldry, and generally considered to be peculiar to ecclesiastics.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a cartridge (usually with paper casing)
The wood of this cartouche is the same as that of the basilisks upon the arms, being very hard and close-grained, and of a tawny, yellow hue, like boxwood.
Her cartouche is sculptured in the space between her right arm and left knee, but the hieroglyphic characters have been erased, and it is no longer legible.
The insubordinate ringleader is dismissed with 'yellow furlough,' yellow infamous thing they call cartouche jaune: but ten new ringleaders rise in his stead, and the yellow cartouche ceases to be thought disgraceful.
A symbol called a cartouche is like a pharaoh's stamp with his or her name on it.
To the captives, the cartouche was a message of hope, as a sign that they were not outside the sphere of Egypt.
For the hieroglyphics, why not include a "cartouche" I don't know the English translation with Nefertari's name?
Moslems: in one of the Mameluke Soldans 'sepulchres near Cairo I found a granite slab bearing the "cartouche" (shield) of Khufu
There were a ton of cool things in Dr. El-Baz's office, including a photomural of the space shuttle behind his desk and a cartouche with his name written out in hieroglyphics.
While Hercules and Apollo perform superhuman feats in Le Brun's majestic ceiling paintings, bushy-tailed squirrels peer out from the background or pose in secondary panels, including an oblong cartouche in the Salon des Muses emblazoned with Fouquet's motto, Quo non ascendet?
‘Start with the cartouche,’ my mother used to say.
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