- having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped.
- composed of slim triangular or wedge-shaped elements, as the characters used in writing by the ancient Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and others.
- written in cuneiform characters: cuneiform inscription.
- Anatomy. noting or pertaining to any of various wedge-shaped bones, as of the tarsus.
- cuneiform characters or writing.
- a cuneiform bone.
Origin of cuneiform
Related Words for cuneiformprint, handwriting, script, calligraphy, chirography, hand, scrawl, scribble, autograph, cuneiform, shorthand, hieroglyphics, longhand, ideography, symbology
Examples from the Web for cuneiform
Historical Examples of cuneiform
About the universe which I inhabited I knew as little as I did about cuneiform writings.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The d of Dagon would be represented by d in cuneiform writing.
Keilschriften, p. 129; and the same author's Cuneiform Inscrip.
This account of Berosus is now confirmed by the cuneiform records.
Truly these cuneiform characters were strange and difficult to decipher!Celebrated Travels and Travellers
- Also: cuneal wedge-shaped
- of, relating to, or denoting the wedge-shaped characters employed in the writing of several ancient languages of Mesopotamia and Persia, esp Sumerian, Babylonian, etc
- of or relating to a tablet in which this script is employed
- of or relating to any of the three tarsal bones
- cuneiform characters or writing
- any one of the three tarsal bones
Word Origin for cuneiform
1670s, "wedge shaped," from French cunéiforme (16c.), from Latin cuneus "a wedge, wedge-shaped thing," of unknown origin, + French -forme (see form (n.)). Applied to characters in ancient Middle Eastern inscriptions made with wedge-shaped writing tools; first used in this sense by German physician and traveller Engelbert Kämpfer (1681-1716); in English from 1818. As a noun from 1862.
- Of, relating to, or being a wedge-shaped bone or cartilage.
- A wedge-shaped bone, especially one of three such bones of the foot.