- to address or dedicate (a book, photograph, etc.) informally to a person, especially by writing a brief personal note in or on it.
- to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., especially in a durable or conspicuous way.
- to write, print, mark, or engrave (words, characters, etc.).
- to enroll, as on an official list.
- Geometry. to draw or delineate (one figure) within another figure so that the inner lies entirely within the boundary of the outer, touching it at as many points as possible: to inscribe a circle in a square.
- to issue (a loan) in the form of shares with registered stockholders.
- to sell (stocks).
- to buy (stocks).
Origin of inscribe
Examples from the Web for inscribed
On the floor, the bricks are inscribed with “Merci” and “Thanks” and covered in a layer of coins.The Sacrificial Limbs of New Orleans
March 12, 2014
“Sarah Lopes wife of Abraham Lopes, 26 de Marco, 1767” was inscribed on the stone in Portuguese.Uncovering Jamaica’s Jewish Past
Debra A. Klein
December 1, 2013
On the cover page was inscribed a big red "C." Inside were scrawled a professor's critical comments.My Eulogy for My Father, Murray Frum
May 31, 2013
His words are inscribed on the memorial to the Allied forces that now stands at Gallipoli.The History Behind ANZAC Day
April 25, 2013
The result was an outsize coin fashioned from Indian red marble and inscribed with a big “50c.”Hit-and-Run Driver Julio Acevedo Talks, Suggests 50 Cent Connection
March 6, 2013
Even though we have inscribed the whole pantheon with His name, the other gods have been in it.The Conquest of Fear
According to Rogers, who claims to have suggested the poem, it was to have been inscribed to him.De Libris: Prose and Verse
On the banners of the church is inscribed, "If God be for us, who can be against us?"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
On the head of the cross are inscribed the words, “Caedmon made me.”English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
My last minute was not inscribed, though, for that day in the book of destiny.My Double Life
- to make, carve, or engrave (writing, letters, a design, etc) on (a surface such as wood, stone, or paper)
- to enter (a name) on a list or in a register
- to sign one's name on (a book, photograph, etc) before presentation to another person
- to draw (a geometric construction such as a circle, polygon, etc) inside another construction so that the two are in contact but do not intersectCompare circumscribe (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for inscribed
1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from Latin inscribere "to write in or on," (see inscription). Meaning "to dedicate (by means of an inscription)" is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing.