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
Auschwitz theft suspect extradited 'this week' (7 Apr 10) Högström has denied plotting to steal the sign -- whose German inscription translates as "Work Will Set You Free" -- Boguslawa Marcinkowska, spokeswoman for prosecutors in Krakow, southern Poland, said without giving further details.
Below this inscription is a further one, of which we again quote Mr. Fyfe's translation:
While all this discussion was going on, a new letter and new photographs popped into the Guardian's letters editor's inbox: Robert Harrison and his son, having seen the article, had taken the matter into their own hands, gone down to Wadhurst and tidied up the grave on their own initiative: cut the grass, planted cyclamens, and cleaned the gravestone so that its inscription is once more visible.
The inscription is the same on all three medals: "Inventas vitam juvat excoluisse per artes" (loosely translated, "And they who bettered life on earth by new found mastery.")
Although Sarah had not been particularly religious, she had her own variety of reverence for a Celtic cross with a Latin inscription, "Ibit amor, ubit fides," meaning, Where there is love, there is faith.
I love a book's unique heft in my hands, the creased corners that once held my place or marked a passage another reader found particularly notable, perhaps an inscription from a beloved author or an ancestor's fading "ex libris", the weight of the paper and the scent of ink and dust.
But Tholuck … shows that the meaning of this inscription is wholly different from that of the name Jahveh.
This inscription is written at the bottom of the large stone block.
The main inscription on the reverse side of all three "Swedish" Nobel
Where Urbino's text offers a dedicatory introduction to Duke Federico, the Latin inscription at Gubbio is a distich dedicated to the liberal arts, composed by court scholar Federico Veterani. 20 It proceeds: