- a pictograph or hieroglyph.
- a sculptured figure or relief carving.
- Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.
Origin of glyph
Examples from the Web for glyph
In Maya means "ladder," but the glyph is supposed to represent "an old man."The American Egypt
Glyph is a fellow stem-word to glykys, smooth, soft, or sweet.An Outline of English Speech-craft
Compare the ending prefix in this glyph with figure 37, a-h.
The position of the month glyph in this text is most unusual.
The month glyph, therefore, should follow in the upper half of 13.
- a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
- rare another word for hieroglyphic
- any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
Word Origin and History for glyph
1727, "ornamental groove in architecture," from French glyphe (1701), from Greek glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, cut out with a knife, engrave, carve," from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (cf. Latin glubere "to peel, shell, strip," Old English cleofan "to cleave"). Meaning "sculpted mark or symbol" (as in hieroglyph) is from 1825.