- When your name is carved into a shiny new trophy that you receive for being the MVP, this is an example of when they inscribe your name on the trophy.
- When you write a message to someone in a book before you give him the book, this is an example of when you inscribe the book.
- to write, mark, or engrave (words, symbols, etc.) on some surface
- to write on, mark, or engrave (a surface)
- to add the name of (someone) to a list; enroll
- to dedicate (a book, song, etc.) briefly and informally
- to write a short, signed message in (a book, etc. one is presenting as a gift)
- to fix or impress deeply or lastingly in the mind, memory, etc.
- Geom. to draw (a figure) inside another figure so that their boundaries touch at as many points as possible
Origin of inscribeClassical Latin inscribere: see in- and amp; scribe
transitive verbin·scribed, in·scrib·ing, in·scribes
- a. To write, print, carve, or engrave (words or letters) on or in a surface.b. To mark or engrave (a surface) with words or letters.
- To enter (a name) on a list or in a register.
- a. To sign one's name or write a brief message in or on (a gift book or photograph, for example).b. To dedicate to someone.
- Mathematics To draw (one figure) within another figure so that every vertex of the enclosed figure touches the outer figure.
Origin of inscribeLatin &imacron;nscr&imacron;bere : in-, in, on; see in–2 + scr&imacron;bere, to write; see skr&imacron;bh- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inscribes, present participle inscribing, simple past and past participle inscribed)