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inscribe

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Definition to write
in various senses, including:
  • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface — as in "The names of the major donors will be inscribed on the front wall."
  • to write a signed message and/or signature — as in "She inscribed the book with the message:  I know this story will speak to your heart. Love Emma"
  • to write down something when adding it to a list — as in "Their names were inscribed in the register of at Ellis Island."


In mathematics, inscribe means to draw a geometric shape within another geometric shape so that each vertex (corner or angle) of the enclosed shape touches the outer figure.  For example, a square is inscribed in a circle when each corner of the square touches the circle.
  • The ring was inscribed with these words...
inscribed = written upon
  • She inscribed the book with a nice note before giving it to him.
  • inscribed = signed
  • She has her name and office phone number inscribed on her iPad.
  • inscribed = written upon
  • Her name is inscribed in history.
  • inscribed = written
  • ...we went on past the Trophy Room, where his name was already inscribed on one cup, one banner, and one embalmed football.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • inscribed = written upon
  • These Seven Commandments would now be inscribed on the wall; they would form an unalterable law by which all the animals on Animal Farm must live for ever after.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • inscribed = formally written
  • "NEMO 1934," he scrawled, no doubt moved by the same impulse that compelled Chris McCandless to inscribe "Alexander Supertramp/May 1992" on the wall of the Sushana bus, an impulse not so different, perhaps, from that which inspired the Anasazi to embellish the rock with their own now-indecipherable symbols.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribe = write
  • An iron door with this inscription over it: Work is liberty!
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • inscription = to write
    in various senses, including:
    • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface — as in "The names of the major donors will be inscribed on the front wall."
    • to write a signed message and/or signature — as in "She inscribed the book with the message:  I know this story will speak to your heart. Love Emma"
    • to write down something when adding it to a list — as in "Their names were inscribed in the register of at Ellis Island."
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • There, too, in tiny clear lettering, the same slogans were inscribed, and on the other face of the coin the head of Big Brother.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • inscribed = written upon
  • Walt installs a memorial just inside the door, a simple brass plaque inscribed with a few words.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribed = engraved (with words indented into the metal)
  • We got to have a rock for the coat of arms and mournful inscriptions, and we can kill two birds with that same rock.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • inscriptions = words written on something's surface
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • Making them pens was a distressid tough job, and so was the saw; and Jim allowed the inscription was going to be the toughest of all.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • inscription = words written on something's surface
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Jim's GOT to do his inscription and coat of arms.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • inscription = words written on something's surface
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Sleight speculates that Ruess inscribed this Nemo not long after departing Davis Gulch.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribed = wrote
  • But he had to have it; Tom said he'd GOT to; there warn't no case of a state prisoner not scrabbling his inscription to leave behind, and his coat of arms.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • inscription = words written on something's surface
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Then pretty soon he says: "Come to think, the logs ain't a-going to do; they don't have log walls in a dungeon: we got to dig the inscriptions into a rock."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • inscriptions = words written on something's surface
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • ALEX is inscribed at the belt's left end; then the initials C.J.M. (for Christopher Johnson McCandless) frame a skull and crossbones.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribed = to write
    in various senses, including:
    • to write, carve, or etch words onto something's surface — as in "The names of the major donors will be inscribed on the front wall."
    • to write a signed message and/or signature — as in "She inscribed the book with the message:  I know this story will speak to your heart. Love Emma"
    • to write down something when adding it to a list — as in "Their names were inscribed in the register of at Ellis Island."
  • On the title page he inscribed, "Transferred to Wayne Westerberg from Alexander."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribed = wrote
  • The longest, most eloquent graffito is one of several inscribed by McCandless, the proclamation of joy that begins with a nod to his favorite Roger Miller song: TWO YEARS HE WALKS THE EARTH.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • inscribed = written
  • ...on top of all the other work he had to do on pens, and inscriptions, and journals, and things, which made it more trouble and worry and responsibility to be a prisoner than anything he ever undertook, that Tom most lost all patience with him;
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
inscriptions = words written on something's surface
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)

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