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INSCRIPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inscription mean? 

INSCRIPTION (noun)
  The noun INSCRIPTION has 3 senses:

1. letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
2. a short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something
3. the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words

  Familiarity information: INSCRIPTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INSCRIPTION (noun)


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Meaning:

Letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

inscription; lettering

Hypernyms ("inscription" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inscription"):

superscription (an inscription written above something else)

epigraph (an engraved inscription)

epitaph (an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there)


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Meaning:

A short message (as in a book or musical work or on a photograph) dedicating it to someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

inscription; dedication

Hypernyms ("inscription" is a kind of...):

message (a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled)

Domain category:

photography; picture taking (the act of taking and printing photographs)

music (an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner)


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Meaning:

The activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("inscription" is a kind of...):

committal to writing; writing (the activity of putting something in written form)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inscription"):

superscription (the activity of superscribing)


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