Simple Definition of inscription
: words that are written on or cut into a surface
Full Definition of inscription
2 : the dedication of a book or work of art
4 British a : the act of inscribing securities b plural : inscribed securities
inscriptionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of inscription in a sentence
The painting had an inscription that read, “To my loving wife.”
the inscription on a stone monument
Did You Know?
With its prefix in-, meaning "in" or "on", it's not surprising that an inscription is either written on or engraved into a surface. Inscriptions in the ancient world were always chiseled into stone, as inscriptions still may be today. The principal monument of the Vietnam memorial in Washington, D.C., for instance, is a black wall on which are inscribed the names of all the Americans who died during the war—each name in full, row upon seemingly endless row. But an inscription may also be a dedication, such as the words "For my wife" all by themselves on a page near the beginning of a book.
Origin and Etymology of inscription
Middle English inscripcioun, from Latin inscription-, inscriptio, from inscribere
First Known Use: 14th century
INSCRIPTION Defined for Kids
Definition of inscription for Students
: words or a name inscribed on a surface
Medical Definition of inscription
: the part of a medical prescription that contains the names and quantities of the drugs to be compounded
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