from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Wedge-shaped.
- adj. Being a character or characters formed by the arrangement of small wedge-shaped elements and used in ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian writing.
- adj. Relating to, composed in, or using such characters.
- adj. Anatomy Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage.
- n. Writing typified by the use of characters formed by the arrangement of small wedge-shaped elements.
- n. Anatomy A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones in the tarsus of the foot.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
- adj. Written in the cuneiform writing system.
- adj. Relating to, or versed in, the ancient cuneiform writing system or its inscriptions.
- n. An ancient Mesopotamian writing system, adapted within several language families, originating as pictograms in Sumer around the 30th century BC, evolving into more abstract and characteristic wedge shapes formed by a blunt reed stylus on clay tablets.
- n. A wedge-shaped bone, especially a cuneiform bone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Wedge-shaped; ; -- especially applied to the wedge-shaped or arrowheaded characters of ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. See arrowheaded.
- adj. Pertaining to, or versed in, the ancient wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions in them.
- n. The wedge-shaped characters used in ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions.
- n. 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.
- n. One of the carpal bones usually articulating with the ulna; -- called also pyramidal and ulnare.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the shape or form of a wedge; cuneate.
- 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.
- Occupied with or versed in the wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions written in them: as, “a cuneiform scholar,”
- n. A cuneiform bone: as, the three cuneiforms of the foot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. shaped like a wedge
- n. an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
- adj. of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)
Latin cuneus, wedge + -form.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cunéiforme or New Latin cuneiformis, from Classical Latin cuneus ("wedge") + -iform. (Wiktionary)