Definitions for obeliskˈɒb ə lɪsk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ob•e•liskˈɒb ə lɪsk(n.)
a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usu. monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.
Ref: dagger (def. 2). 2
Origin of obelisk:
1540–50; < L obeliscus < Gk obelískos small spit
a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
A tall, square, tapered, stone monolith topped with a pyramidal point, frequently used as a monument.
The dagger sign (u2020), especially when used as a reference mark.
Origin: 1569. From obelisque, from obeliscus, from ὀβελίσκος, diminutive of ὀβελός.
an upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom
a mark of reference; -- called also dagger [/]. See Dagger, n., 2
to mark or designate with an obelisk
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a tall four-sided pillar, generally monolithic, tapering to a pyramidal pointed top, erected in connection with temples in Egypt, and inscribed all over with hieroglyphs, and in memorial, as is likely, of some historical personage or event; they are of ancient date.