Definition of inscription in English:

inscription

Line breaks: in|scrip|tion
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈskrɪpʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

  • 1A thing inscribed, as on a monument or in a book: the inscription on her headstone
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    • Items feature Hebrew letters or inscriptions either associated with religious customs or used as ceremonial objects.
    • They control everything from the type and size of vases to the inscriptions on the headstones.
    • They were engraved with inscriptions, and often buried with the dead.
    Synonyms
    engraving, wording, writing, lettering, legend, epitaph, epigraph, etching, carving; wordsdedication, address, message; signature, autograph
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of inscribing something: the inscription of memorable utterances on durable materials
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    • I set my cup aside for personal inscription the next time he comes through town, and that got me to thinking.
    • There's a barely controlled abandon, and more than a hint of anxiety that once the act of inscription has begun, it can't be undone.
    • His research interests include gender studies and the body as a site for cultural inscription.

Derivatives

inscriptional

adjective
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  • Further, photography does not allow the ‘presence’ of its author; his inscriptional authenticity is never really an issue as it can be in the graphic art mediums.
  • The archaeological and inscriptional evidence of sites on land near shore indicate a possible date of construction of these structures between 1,500 to 1,200 years before present.
  • The presentation of literary, inscriptional, archaeological, and architectural information (measurements are given in meters) is full, with concise and very helpful and up-to-date bibliographical documentation in footnotes.

inscriptive

adjective
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  • A cursory look at public walls is enough to understand what pictorial and inscriptive ‘poster beautification’ is all about.
  • The four projects organized their inscriptive spaces (tines or singular writing-page) variously.
  • The inscriptive device is internally mounted on the tape measure and allows the user of the measure to form a mark on the surface of a workpiece at a point immediately beneath the tape measure.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting a short descriptive or dedicatory passage at the beginning of a book): from Latin inscriptio(n-), from the verb inscribere (see inscribe).

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