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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or written in runes.
  • n. The Germanic language of the oldest runic inscriptions from northern Europe, dating to between the third and sixth centuries A.D., and considered by some to be close to or identical with the putative common ancestor of the North and West Germanic languages.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or written using runes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a rune, to runes, or to the Norsemen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to, consisting in, or characteristic of runes.
  • Inscribed with runes.
  • Resembling in style the work of the early civilization of the north of Europe.
  • n. A distinctive style of printing-type.
  • n. These types are of RUNIC face.

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  • adj. relating to or consisting of runes


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  • But it was sort of interestingly nerdish on the shelf and full of pretty diagrams and seductive maps and lists of things and maps and really interesting maps and who could resist a book that has both a chart of the runic alphabet AND a map showing RAF ammunition drops to the WW2 Resistance?

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  • 1. consisting of or set down in runes: "runic inscriptions"

    2. having some secret or mysterious meaning: "runic rhyme"

    August 28, 2007