from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of inscribing.
- n. A marking, such as the wording on a coin, medal, monument, or seal, that is inscribed.
- n. A piece of material, such as a stone or metal tablet, that is inscribed.
- n. An enrollment or a registration of names.
- n. A short, signed message in a book or on a photograph given as a gift.
- n. The usually informal dedication of a book or an artistic work.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Text carved on a wall or plaque, such as a memorial or gravestone.
- n. The text on a coin.
- n. Words written in the front of a book as a dedication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act or process of inscribing.
- n. 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
- n. A line of division or intersection.
- n. An address, consignment, or informal dedication, as of a book to a person, as a mark of respect or an invitation of patronage.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of inscribing, in any sense of that word.
- n. 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. 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.
- n. A form of complimentary presentation or offering of a book or work of art, less elaborate than a dedication.
- n. 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. 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. Entry on the calendar, as of a cause in court.
- n. In geometry, the inscribingof one figure in another; also, the state of being so inscribed.
- n. A tendinous line interrupting the fleshy fibers of a muscle: seen especially in the abdominal muscles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
- n. the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
- n. letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
Middle English inscripcioun, statement giving the author or title of a book, from Latin īnscrīptiō, īnscrīptiōn-, from īnscrīptus, past participle of īnscrībere, to inscribe; see inscribe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inscriptionem (inscriptio). (Wiktionary)