- Also hi·er·o·glyph·i·cal. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented.
- inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols.
- hard to decipher; hard to read.
- Also hi·er·o·glyph. a hieroglyphic symbol.
- Usually hieroglyphics. hieroglyphic writing.
- a figure or symbol with a hidden meaning.
- hieroglyphics, handwriting, figures, characters, code, etc., difficult to decipher: the confusing hieroglyphics of advanced mathematics.
Origin of hieroglyphic
Related Words for hieroglyphicpictorial, descriptive, drawn, illustrated, illustrative, outlined, painted, photographic, pictographic, delineated, depicted, diagrammatic, etched, iconographic, illustrational, portrayed
Examples from the Web for hieroglyphic
Historical Examples of hieroglyphic
It's a long trail from the old plow factory to the hieroglyphic spring, Roger.The Forbidden Trail
I was brought up to a farm life: it is surely no hieroglyphic to me.Debts of Honor
These months received each a name, and were of course designated by a hieroglyphic.
But the Incas had no hieroglyphic or pictorial system of recording events.
Specimens of their hieroglyphic writings have been given in the preceding chapter.
- of or relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, esp as used in ancient Egypt
- written with hieroglyphic symbols
- difficult to read or decipher
- a picture or symbol representing an object, concept, or sound
- a symbol or picture that is difficult to read or decipher