/ (ˌhaɪərəˈɡlɪfɪks) /
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noun (functioning as singular or plural)
a form of writing, esp as used in ancient Egypt, in which pictures or symbols are used to represent objects, concepts, or sounds
difficult or undecipherable writing
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Words nearby hieroglyphics
hierocracy, hierodeacon, hierodule, hieroglyphic, Hieroglyphic Hittite, hieroglyphics, hieroglyphist, hieroglyphology, hierogram, hierogrammat, hierolatry
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How to use hieroglyphics in a sentence
The threatening walls of this tumbledown abode seemed to have been decorated with hieroglyphics.At the Sign of the Cat and Racket|Honore de Balzac
Hieroglyphics of thought were there, too mysterious for the common eye to interpret.Ernest Linwood|Caroline Lee Hentz
We do not propose that he shall decipher the hieroglyphics of algebra and geometry.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion
The Japanese cannot pocket it any more than he can thrill to short Saxon words or we can thrill to Chinese hieroglyphics.Revolution and Other Essays|Jack London
Some of them, Mr. Davies thinks, were impressed with rude hieroglyphics, symbolical of Ceridiven.The Mysteries of All Nations|James Grant
Cultural definitions for hieroglyphics
[ (heye-uhr-uh-glif-iks, heye-ruh-glif-iks) ]
A system of writing with pictures that represent words or sounds. The ancient Egyptians wrote with hieroglyphics. (See Rosetta stone.)
notes for hieroglyphics
Present-day writing that is hard to decipher or understand is sometimes jokingly called “hieroglyphics.”
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