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.
  • 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)


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

Latin cuneus, wedge + -form.

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From French cunéiforme or New Latin cuneiformis, from Classical Latin cuneus ("wedge") + -iform.


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