- something inscribed.
- a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
- a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
- a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
- the act of inscribing.
- Pharmacology. the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.
- an issue of securities or stocks.
- a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.
- Also called legend. Numismatics. the lettering in the field of a coin, medal, etc.
Origin of inscription
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We were just going to offer our Vicar, but he has no inscription on him.
Below the dove and rod there was this inscription: 'This shall lead you unto all Truth.'
But the dove has long since disappeared, and there remains now but the rod and the inscription.
There is an inscription on one of the flags—I can read it quite plainly.
- something inscribed, esp words carved or engraved on a coin, tomb, etc
- a signature or brief dedication in a book or on a work of art
- the act of inscribing
- philosophy linguistics an element of written language, esp a sentenceCompare utterance 1 (def. 3)
C14: from Latin inscriptiō a writing upon, from inscrībere to write upon, from in- ² + scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for inscription
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The main part of a prescription, indicating the drug or drugs and the quantity of each to be used in the mixture.
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