- to address or dedicate (a book, photograph, etc.) informally to a person, especially by writing a brief personal note in or on it.
- to mark (a surface) with words, characters, etc., especially in a durable or conspicuous way.
- to write, print, mark, or engrave (words, characters, etc.).
- to enroll, as on an official list.
- Geometry. to draw or delineate (one figure) within another figure so that the inner lies entirely within the boundary of the outer, touching it at as many points as possible: to inscribe a circle in a square.
- to issue (a loan) in the form of shares with registered stockholders.
- to sell (stocks).
- to buy (stocks).
Origin of inscribe
Examples from the Web for inscribe
Ushers passed around little pieces of paper on which congregants could inscribe messages of support to victims of sexual abuse.Faithful Struggle With Scandal at Penn State, Where Football Is Religion
Jacob Bernstein, Jessica Bennett
November 14, 2011
A statuary was directed to inscribe on a monument the age of the deceased, namely 81.
To get by heart; hence to register; to write or inscribe an authentic account of.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Thou must inscribe on a white parchment an image of the sun.Godolphin, Complete
Con was obliged to subjoin: 'Inscribe it on the dungeon-door of tyranny.'The Celt and Saxon, Complete
Those who have by accident passed through it, have not been induced by its appearance to inscribe its name in their note-books.
- to make, carve, or engrave (writing, letters, a design, etc) on (a surface such as wood, stone, or paper)
- to enter (a name) on a list or in a register
- to sign one's name on (a book, photograph, etc) before presentation to another person
- to draw (a geometric construction such as a circle, polygon, etc) inside another construction so that the two are in contact but do not intersectCompare circumscribe (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for inscribe
1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from Latin inscribere "to write in or on," (see inscription). Meaning "to dedicate (by means of an inscription)" is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing.