- a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usually monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.
- something resembling such a shaft.
- an obelus.
- Printing. dagger(def 2).
Origin of obelisk
Examples from the Web for obelisk
After years of negotiations and a tough journey, the obelisk was planted at the Place de la Concorde.The Nile: Where Ancient and Modern Meet
June 21, 2014
On the top of the obelisk is a 100-ounce aluminum cap, which acts as a lightning rod.Weird Washington Monument History
May 12, 2014
If a pyramid or obelisk mould, lift it carefully off the top.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
My blue-eyed friend erected himself into an obelisk of profanity.American Notes
Heliopolis is the "house of the obelisk," the obelisk being a representation of the sun.History of Religion
It went up the Nile as near to the place where the obelisk stood as it could go.
Then they made a road leading from the place where the obelisk stood to the river.
- a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt
- printing another name for dagger (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for obelisk
"rectangular stone column tapering at the top," 1560s, from Middle French obélisque (16c.) and directly from Latin obeliscus "obelisk, small spit," from Greek obeliskos "small spit, obelisk, leg of a compass," diminutive of obelos "a spit, pointed pillar, needle." Related: Obeliskine.