American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art of engraving or carving, especially on precious stones; glyptography.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of carving or engraving. The word is applied especially to engraving on gems or hard stones, now performed with diamond-powder and diamond-pointed instruments; also to the cutting of designs upon such animal substances as shells, coral, and ivory, and such vegetable products as box, ebony, and other hard woods.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The art of engraving on precious stones.
- n. the art of engraving on precious stones
- Compare French glyptique. See glyph. (Wiktionary)
“The art of the lapidary, or science of glyptics, is a most interesting study, and it would be a mistake not to consider it for a few moments on its technical side.”
“Vasari speaks with characteristic enthusiasm of the glyptics of the Greeks, "whose works in that manner may be called divine.”
“Constantinople was the only place where glyptics were understood and practised upon large hard stones in the early”
“Theophilus on glyptics is too delightfully naïve for us to resist quoting his remarks.”
“Such are heraldry, or armorial science; glyptics, which deals with engraved stones; ceramics, or the study of pottery in all its epochs.”
“The same specialist in Oriental glyptics, says: "The efforts of some learned men to discover traces of a reciprocal influence have been fruitless.”
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