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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A grave or other place of burial.
  • n. A vault or chamber for burial of the dead.
  • n. A monument commemorating the dead.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small building (or "vault") for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. It may be partly or wholly in the ground (except for its entrance) in a cemetery, or it may be inside a church proper or in its crypt. Single tombs may be permanently sealed; those for families (or other groups) have doors for access whenever needed.
  • v. To bury.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave; a sepulcher.
  • n. A house or vault, formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, for the reception of the dead.
  • n. A monument erected to inclose the body and preserve the name and memory of the dead.
  • transitive v. To place in a tomb; to bury; to inter; to entomb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bury; inter; intomb.
  • n. An excavation in earth or rock, intended to receive the dead body of a human being; a grave; also, a chamber or vault formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, or wholly above ground, for the reception of the dead, whether plain, or decorated by means of architecture, sculpture, etc.; a mausoleum; a sarcophagus. See also cuts under catacomb, Lycian, and altar-tomb.
  • n. A monument erected to preserve the memory of the dead; any sepulchral structure; a cenotaph.
  • n. Same as altar-cavity.
  • n. Figuratively, the end of earthly life; death.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba, from Greek tumbos; see teuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin tumba from Ancient Greek τύμβος (tumbos, "a sepulchral mound, tomb, grave"). (Wiktionary)

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