Definition of Obelisk

1. Noun. A stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top.

Generic synonyms: Column, Pillar
Specialized synonyms: Washington Monument



2. Noun. A character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote.
Exact synonyms: Dagger
Generic synonyms: Character, Grapheme, Graphic Symbol

Definition of Obelisk

1. n. An upright, four- sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom.

2. v. t. To mark or designate with an obelisk.

Definition of Obelisk

1. Noun. A tall, square, tapered, stone monolith topped with a pyramidal point, frequently used as a monument. ¹

2. Noun. (printing) The dagger sign (†), especially when used as a reference mark. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obelisk

1. a four-sided shaft of stone with a pyramidal top [n -S]

Medical Definition of Obelisk

1. 1. An upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom. 2. A mark of reference; called also dagger [

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obelisk

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Literary usage of Obelisk

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1. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1880)
"A NEW obelisk AT ROME. [Cn. XIX. cence. His first idea was to imitate the equestrian and colos- A new ob- sal statue which he had seen in the ..."

2. The Works of Tennyson by Alfred Tennyson Tennyson, Hallam Tennyson Tennyson (1905)
"In October of the year 1585, a few months after Sixtus had been elected, the work was begun, and soon there arose round the obelisk which was to be raised a ..."

3. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1907)
"The operation would involve raising the obelisk, inclining it horizontally, dragging it to its new site, and setting it up afresh. ..."

4. Journal by Royal Institution of Great Britain (1891)
"Now the obelisk is derived from the pyramid, as on every obelisk thore is a little ... As the pyramid represents the blazing sun, the obelisk is merely the ..."

5. America, Historical, Statistic, and Descriptive by James Silk Buckingham (1841)
"CHAPTER XXXVIII. Environs of Boston.—Banker Hill.—Dimensions end Cost of the Bunker Hill obelisk. —Town of Chelsea and Richmond Hill. ..."

6. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1854)
"The death of Constantine suspended the execution of his purpose, and this obelisk was destined by his son to the ancient capital of the empire. ..."

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