Definitions for: Obelisk


[n] a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
[n] a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote



Webster (1913) Definition: Ob"e*lisk, n. [L. obeliscus, Gr. ?, dim. of ? a spit,
a pointed pillar: cf. F. ob['e]lisque.]
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. (Print.) A mark of reference; -- called also dagger
[[dagger]]. See Dagger, n., 2.


Ob"e*lisk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obelisked; p. pr. &
vb. n. Obelisking.]
To mark or designate with an obelisk.

Synonyms: dagger

See Also: character, column, grapheme, graphic symbol, pillar, Washington Monument

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