What does inscription mean?

Definitions for inscription
ɪnˈskrɪp ʃənin·scrip·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inscription, letteringnoun

    letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something

  2. dedication, inscriptionnoun

    a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

  3. inscriptionnoun

    the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words


  1. inscriptionnoun

    Text carved on a wall or plaque, such as a memorial or gravestone.

  2. inscriptionnoun

    The text on a coin.

  3. inscriptionnoun

    Words written in the front of a book as a dedication.

  4. Etymology: From inscriptionem (inscriptio).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inscriptionnoun

    Etymology: inscription, Fr. inscriptio, Latin.

    This avarice of praise in time to come,
    Those long inscriptions crowded on the tomb. Dryden.

    Joubertus by the same title led our expectation, whereby we reaped no advantage, it answering scarce at all the promise of the inscription. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.


  1. inscription

    Epigraphy (from Ancient Greek ἐπιγραφή (epigraphḗ) 'inscription') is the study of inscriptions, or epigraphs, as writing; it is the science of identifying graphemes, clarifying their meanings, classifying their uses according to dates and cultural contexts, and drawing conclusions about the writing and the writers. Specifically excluded from epigraphy are the historical significance of an epigraph as a document and the artistic value of a literary composition. A person using the methods of epigraphy is called an epigrapher or epigraphist. For example, the Behistun inscription is an official document of the Achaemenid Empire engraved on native rock at a location in Iran. Epigraphists are responsible for reconstructing, translating, and dating the trilingual inscription and finding any relevant circumstances. It is the work of historians, however, to determine and interpret the events recorded by the inscription as document. Often, epigraphy and history are competences practised by the same person. Epigraphy is a primary tool of archaeology when dealing with literate cultures. The US Library of Congress classifies epigraphy as one of the auxiliary sciences of history. Epigraphy also helps identify a forgery: epigraphic evidence formed part of the discussion concerning the James Ossuary.An epigraph (not to be confused with epigram) is any sort of text, from a single grapheme (such as marks on a pot that abbreviate the name of the merchant who shipped commodities in the pot) to a lengthy document (such as a treatise, a work of literature, or a hagiographic inscription). Epigraphy overlaps other competences such as numismatics or palaeography. When compared to books, most inscriptions are short. The media and the forms of the graphemes are diverse: engravings in stone or metal, scratches on rock, impressions in wax, embossing on cast metal, cameo or intaglio on precious stones, painting on ceramic or in fresco. Typically the material is durable, but the durability might be an accident of circumstance, such as the baking of a clay tablet in a conflagration. The character of the writing, the subject of epigraphy, is a matter quite separate from the nature of the text, which is studied in itself. Texts inscribed in stone are usually for public view and so they are essentially different from the written texts of each culture. Not all inscribed texts are public, however: in Mycenaean Greece the deciphered texts of "Linear B" were revealed to be largely used for economic and administrative record keeping. Informal inscribed texts are "graffiti" in its original sense. The study of ideographic inscriptions, that is inscriptions representing an idea or concept, may also be called ideography. The German equivalent Sinnbildforschung was a scientific discipline in the Third Reich, but was later dismissed as being highly ideological. Epigraphic research overlaps with the study of petroglyphs, which deals with specimens of pictographic, ideographic and logographic writing. The study of ancient handwriting, usually in ink, is a separate field, palaeography. Epigraphy also differs from iconography, as it confines itself to meaningful symbols containing messages, rather than dealing with images.


  1. inscription

    An inscription is a series of words or letters written, engraved, or printed on a surface, typically for purposes of identification, dedication, commemoration, or information. It could be on a monument, building, coin, artwork, book, or other objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inscriptionnoun

    the act or process of inscribing

  2. Inscriptionnoun

    that which is inscribed; something written or engraved; especially, a word or words written or engraved on a solid substance for preservation or public inspection; as, inscriptions on monuments, pillars, coins, medals, etc

  3. Inscriptionnoun

    a line of division or intersection; as, the tendinous inscriptions, or intersections, of a muscle

  4. Inscriptionnoun

    an address, consignment, or informal dedication, as of a book to a person, as a mark of respect or an invitation of patronage

  5. Etymology: [L. inscriptio, fr. inscribere, inscriptum, to inscribe: cf. F. inscription. See Inscribe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inscription in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inscription in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of inscription in a Sentence

  1. Lao Tzu:

    No day shall erase you from the memory of time. An inscription on a wall from 911 by Virgil Aeneid.

  2. David Gellman:

    The fact that the inscription survived is an archaeological miracle.

  3. Audrey Azoulay:

    Odesa, a free city, a world city, a legendary port that has left its mark on cinema, literature and the arts, is thus placed under the reinforced protection of the international community, while the war continues, this inscription embodies our collective determination to ensure that this city, which has always surmounted global upheavals, is preserved from further destruction.

  4. John Kennedy:

    [ Sophisticated ] robbers could work with a corrupt diamond cutter... in one of the jewelry centers such as Antwerp, and have the [ stone ] re-cut and the laser [ inscription ] removed, and the diamond re-set, the goal is to change the weight, appearance and to some degree the shape of her diamond so it appears to be a different stone and then market it. Perhaps getting a new diamond grading report from a European lab, and not from Geological Institute of America.

  5. Veronique Martin:

    This inscription is a mystery and it is for this that we are launching the appeal, these dates correspond more or less to the years that various artillery batteries that protected Brest and notably Corbeau Fort which is right next to it.

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