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Definition of "inscription" []

  • The act or an instance of inscribing. (noun)
  • A marking, such as the wording on a coin, medal, monument, or seal, that is inscribed. (noun)
  • A piece of material, such as a stone or metal tablet, that is inscribed. (noun)
  • An enrollment or a registration of names. (noun)
  • A short, signed message in a book or on a photograph given as a gift. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "inscription" in a sentence
  • "Auschwitz theft suspect extradited 'this week' (7 Apr 10) Högström has denied plotting to steal the sign -- whose German inscription translates as "Work Will Set You Free" -- Boguslawa Marcinkowska, spokeswoman for prosecutors in Krakow, southern Poland, said without giving further details."
  • "Below this inscription is a further one, of which we again quote Mr. Fyfe's translation:"
  • "While all this discussion was going on, a new letter and new photographs popped into the Guardian's letters editor's inbox: Robert Harrison and his son, having seen the article, had taken the matter into their own hands, gone down to Wadhurst and tidied up the grave on their own initiative: cut the grass, planted cyclamens, and cleaned the gravestone so that its inscription is once more visible."