- an excavation in earth or rock for the burial of a corpse; grave.
- a mausoleum, burial chamber, or the like.
- a monument for housing or commemorating a dead person.
- any sepulchral structure.
- to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.
Origin of tomb
Examples from the Web for tomblike
Historical Examples of tomblike
The sounds of pursuit faded, were lost in the tomblike silence of the caves.A World is Born
Leigh Douglass Brackett
And here within this tomblike wreck had appeared the purple flame.The Purple Flame
Roy J. Snell
And as he faced her, there in the tomblike vault, their eyes met silently.
A tomblike silence brooded there, as in all the stricken colony.
There, as it seemed to her, in that tomblike abode, lay the end of all her happiness.Heart's Desire
- a place, esp a vault beneath the ground, for the burial of a corpse
- a stone or other monument to the dead
- the tomb a poetic term for death
- anything serving as a burial placethe sea was his tomb
- (tr) rare to place in a tomb; entomb
Word Origin for tomb
late 13c., from Anglo-French tumbe, Old French tombe (12c.), from Late Latin tumba (cf. Italian tomba, French tombe, Spanish tumba), from Greek tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb," from PIE root *teu- "to swell" (see thigh). The final -b began to be silent 14c. (cf. lamb, dumb). The Tombs, slang for "New York City prison" is recorded from 1840.