Definition of Inscribe

1. Verb. Carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface. "The lovers scratched their names into the bark of the tree"

Exact synonyms: Engrave, Grave, Scratch
Generic synonyms: Carve, Chip At
Related verbs: Engrave, Etch
Specialized synonyms: Character
Derivative terms: Engraver

2. Verb. Register formally as a participant or member. "The party recruited many new members"
Exact synonyms: Enrol, Enroll, Enter, Recruit
Specialized synonyms: Draft, Enlist, Muster In, Unionise, Unionize, Register, Matriculate
Generic synonyms: Register
Derivative terms: Enrolment, Enrollee, Enrollment, Recruit, Recruiter

3. Verb. Draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible.
Category relationships: Geometry
Generic synonyms: Delineate, Describe, Draw, Line, Trace

4. Verb. Write, engrave, or print as a lasting record.
Generic synonyms: Enter, Put Down, Record
Derivative terms: Inscription

5. Verb. Mark with one's signature. "The author autographed his book"
Exact synonyms: Autograph
Generic synonyms: Sign
Derivative terms: Autograph, Autograph

6. Verb. Convert ordinary language into code. "We should encode the message for security reasons"
Exact synonyms: Cipher, Code, Cypher, Encipher, Encrypt, Write In Code
Generic synonyms: Encode
Derivative terms: Cipher, Cipher, Code, Code, Coder, Coding, Cypher, Cypher, Encryption

7. Verb. Address, (a work of literature) in a style less formal than a dedication.
Generic synonyms: Dedicate

Definition of Inscribe

1. v. t. To write or engrave; to mark down as something to be read; to imprint.

Definition of Inscribe

1. Verb. (transitive) To write or cut words onto something, especially a hard surface; to engrave. ¹

2. Verb. (geometry) To draw a circle, sphere, etc. inside a polygon, polyhedron, etc. and tangent to all its sides. ¹

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Definition of Inscribe

1. to write or engrave as a lasting record [v -SCRIBED, -SCRIBING, -SCRIBES]

Medical Definition of Inscribe

1. 1. To write or engrave; to mark down as something to be read; to imprint. "Inscribe a verse on this relenting stone." (Pope) 2. To mark with letters, charakters, or words. "O let thy once lov'd friend inscribe thy stone." (Pope) 3. To assign or address to; to commend to by a shot address; to dedicate informally; as, to inscribe an ode to a friend. 4. To imprint deeply; to impress; to stamp; as, to inscribe a sentence on the memory. 5. To draw within so as to meet yet not cut the boundaries. A line is inscribed in a circle, or in a sphere, when its two ends are in the circumference of the circle, or in the surface of the sphere. A triangle is inscribed in another triangle, when the three angles of the former are severally on the three sides of the latter. A circle is inscribed in a polygon, when it touches each side of the polygon. A sphere is inscribed in a polyhedron, when the sphere touches each boundary plane of the polyhedron. The latter figure in each case is circumscribed about the former. Origin: L. Inscribere. See 1st In-, and Scribe. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Inscribe

inscribe (current term)
inscriptio tendinea

Literary usage of Inscribe

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1. A Treatise on Conic Sections: Containing an Account of Some of the Most by George Salmon (1879)
"To inscribe in a conic section a polygon, all whose sides shall pass through fixed ... If we make four such attempts to inscribe the polygon, we must have, ..."

2. Elements of Mechanical Drawing: The Use of Instruments, Theory of Projection by Gardner Chace Anthony (1909)
"To inscribe a circle within a given triangle, ABC. Fig. 69. Bisect two of the angles, ... To inscribe an equilateral triangle within a circle. Fig. 70. ..."

3. Industrial Drawing: Comprising the Description and Uses of Drawing by Dennis Hart Mahan, Dwinel F. Thompson (1905)
"To inscribe in a given circle an equilateral triangle. Having, as in the last problem, constructed a regular hexagon, draw lines between the alternate ..."

4. An Elementary Treatise on Plane and Solid Geometry by Benjamin Peirce (1873)
"To inscribe a Square and a Hexagon. 4 times the number of sides of the given polygon ; and, ... To inscribe in a given circle a regular hexagon. ..."

5. The Mechanic's Companion, Or, The Elements and Practice of Carpentry by Peter Nicholson (1842)
"In a given circle io inscribe a square or an octagon. PL. 4. FIG. 11. ... In a given circle to inscribe a pentagon. PL. 4. FIG. 12. ..."

6. An Elementary Treatise on Pure Geometry: With Numerous Examples by John Wellesley Russell (1893)
"inscribe in a given conic a polygon of a given number of sides, so that each side shall ... Suppose we have to inscribe in a conic a four-sided figure ABCD, ..."

7. The Mechanic's Companion, Or, The Elements and Practice of Carpentry by Peter Nicholson (1845)
"In a given circle io inscribe a square or an octagon. PL. 4. FIG. 11. ... In a given circle to inscribe a pentagon. PL. 4. Fio. 12. ..."

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