a) To write or cut words onto something, especially a hard surface; to engrave.
b) To draw a circle, sphere, etc. inside a polygon, polyhedron, etc. and tangent to all its sides.
See Also: circumscribe, -scribe

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  • Inscribe — In*scribe , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Inscribed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inscribing}.] [L. inscribere. See 1st {In }, and {Scribe}.] 1. To write or engrave; to mark down as something to be read; to imprint. [1913 Webster] Inscribe a verse on this relenting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • inscribe — in·scribe vt in·scribed, in·scrib·ing: to set down in writing (as the terms of a mortgage) to create a lasting public record in·scrip·tion n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. insc …   Law dictionary

  • inscribe — (v.) 1550s (form inscriven is from late 14c.), from L. inscribere to write in or on, (see INSCRIPTION (Cf. inscription)). Meaning to dedicate (by means of an inscription) is from 1640s. Related: Inscribed; inscribing …   Etymology dictionary

  • inscribe — [v] imprint, write book, carve, cut, engrave, engross, etch, impress, indite, list, record, register, scribe; concept 79 …   New thesaurus

  • inscribe — ► VERB 1) write or carve (words or symbols) on a surface. 2) write a dedication to someone in (a book). 3) Geometry draw (a figure) within another so that their boundaries touch but do not intersect. DERIVATIVES inscribable adjective inscriber… …   English terms dictionary

  • inscribe — [in skrīb′] vt. inscribed, inscribing [L inscribere: see IN 1 & SCRIBE] 1. a) to write, mark, or engrave (words, symbols, etc.) on some surface b) to write on, mark, or engrave (a surface) 2 …   English World dictionary

  • inscribe — UK [ɪnˈskraɪb] / US verb [transitive] Word forms inscribe : present tense I/you/we/they inscribe he/she/it inscribes present participle inscribing past tense inscribed past participle inscribed to write or cut words on or in something, especially …   English dictionary

  • inscribe — v. (D; tr.) to inscribe for (to inscribe a book for smb.) * * * [ɪn skraɪb] (D;tr.) to inscribefor (to inscribea book for smb.) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • inscribe — in|scribe [ ın skraıb ] verb transitive to write or cut words on or in something, especially as a record of an achievement or in order to honor someone: inscribe something with something: a gold watch inscribed with her initials inscribe… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • inscribe — [[t]ɪnskra͟ɪb[/t]] inscribes, inscribing, inscribed 1) VERB If you inscribe words on an object, you write or carve the words on the object. [V n on n] Some galleries commemorate donors by inscribing their names on the walls... [V ed on/with n]… …   English dictionary

  • inscribe — verb (T) to carefully cut, print, or write words on something, especially on the surface of a stone or coin: inscribe sth in/on etc: Inside the cover someone had inscribed the words To Thomas, with love . | inscribe sth with: The tomb was… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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