from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The study of seals and signets.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The study of seals and the distinctions among them; the archæology of seals.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The science of seals, their history, age, distinctions, etc., esp. as verifying the age and genuiness of documents.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun The
studyof seals, especially those attached to documents.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
The so-called auxiliary sciences of history, i.e. palæography, diplomatics, epigraphy, numismatics, sigillography, or sphragistics, furnish practical rules that generally suffice to determine approximately the age of a manuscript.