American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface.
- v. To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters.
- v. To enter (a name) on a list or in a register.
- v. To sign one's name or write a brief message in or on (a gift book or photograph, for example).
- v. To dedicate to someone.
- v. Mathematics To draw (one figure) within another figure so that every vertex of the enclosed figure touches the outer figure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To write or engrave; mark, as letters or signs, by writing or engraving; specifically, to display in writing on something durable or conspicuous: as, to inscribe a name on a roll, tablet, or monument.
- To write or engrave the name of, as on a list or tablet; enroll in writing: as, to be inscribed among the councilors.
- To mark with characters or words.
- To dedicate or commend (a book or other writing) by a short address less formal than a dedication.
- To imprint deeply; impress: as, to inscribe something on the memory.
- In geometry, to draw or delineate in or within, as chords or angles within a circle, or as a rectilinear figure within a curvilinear one. A figure having angular points or vertices (as a polygon or polyhedron) is said to be inscribed in a figure having lines, curves, or surfaces, when every vertex of the former is incident upon the latter; a curved figure is said to be inscribed in a polygon or polyhedron when every side (in the former case) or every face (in the latter) is tangent to it.
- v. transitive To write or cut words onto something, especially a hard surface; to engrave.
- v. geometry To draw a circle, sphere, etc. inside a polygon, polyhedron, etc. and tangent to all its sides.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To write or engrave; to mark down as something to be read; to imprint.
- v. To mark with letters, characters, or words.
- v. To assign or address to; to commend to by a short address; to dedicate informally.
- v. To imprint deeply; to impress; to stamp.
- v. (Geom.) To draw within so as to meet yet not cut the boundaries.
- v. address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication
- v. write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
- v. convert ordinary language into code
- v. draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
- v. carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface
- v. mark with one's signature
- v. register formally as a participant or member
- Latin īnscrībere : in-, in, on; see in-2 + scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Only Mrs. Clinton's perfectly cutesy-pie idea was to inscribe the Russian word for "reset" on the button.”
“My first act was to look at the register where all persons who call inscribe their names, and I was surprised to notice the number of Americans present in”
“Under the deal President Obama helped secure in Copenhagen, major emitters of greenhouse gases are expected to "inscribe" their reduction targets by Jan. 31.”
“This freeware allows you to "inscribe" visible text or logos on the photos.”
“A jazz-loving Soviet medical student discovered that he could inscribe sound grooves on the surface of X-ray plates, and invented a machine that allowed him to produce low-quality but sufficient copies of music recordings.”
“My grandmother, in her distinctive, beautiful handwriting, would inscribe each book: “To Elizabeth Rose, with love, from Grandmother.””
“The music comes together as I inscribe it on her thighs, rough-hewn rhythm to an inaudible pulse.”
“When her daughter inscribed a swastika on her arm, went to school and the teacher scrubbed it off, the mother decided to re-inscribe it the next day and send her daughter to school.”
“It acts as a kind of palimpsest over which the literary writer might inscribe his/her own variations on "criminal" behavior and its sources in unruly human impulses.”
“Tuesday's hearing was largely taken up with procedural details to inscribe the dozens of plaintiffs in the civil portion of the case, which will be heard alongside the criminal case.”
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