Definitions for obeliskˈɒb ə lɪsk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•e•liskˈɒb ə lɪsk(n.)

  1. a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usu. monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.

  2. Ref: obelus.

  3. Category: Printing

    Ref: dagger (def. 2). 2

Origin of obelisk:

1540–50; < L obeliscus < Gk obelískos small spit

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obelisk(noun)

    a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top

  2. dagger, obelisk(noun)

    a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote

Wiktionary

  1. obelisk(Noun)

    A tall, square, tapered, stone monolith topped with a pyramidal point, frequently used as a monument.

  2. obelisk(Noun)

    The dagger sign (u2020), especially when used as a reference mark.

  3. Origin: 1569. From obelisque, from obeliscus, from ὀβελίσκος, diminutive of ὀβελός.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obelisk(noun)

    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

  2. Obelisk(noun)

    a mark of reference; -- called also dagger [/]. See Dagger, n., 2

  3. Obelisk(verb)

    to mark or designate with an obelisk

Freebase

  1. Obelisk

    An obelisk is a tall, four-sided, narrow tapering monument which ends in a pyramid-like shape at the top. Like Egyptian pyramids, whose shape is thought to be representative of the descending rays of the sun, an obelisk is said to resemble a petrified ray of the sun-disk. A pair of obelisks usually stood in front of a pylon. Ancient obelisks were often monolithic, whereas most modern obelisks are made of several stones and can have interior spaces. The term stele is generally used for other monumental standing inscribed sculpted stones.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Obelisk

    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.

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