In·scribe v. t. [imp. & p. p. Inscribed p. pr. & vb. n. Inscribing.]
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, characters, or words.
O let thy once lov'd friend inscribe thy stone. --Pope.
3. To assign or address to; to commend to by a short 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. Geom. To draw within so as to meet yet not cut the boundaries.
Note: ☞ 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.
v 1: carve, cut, or etch into a material or surface; "engrave a
pen"; "engraved the winner's name onto the trophy cup"
[syn: engrave, grave]
2: register formally as a participant or member; "The party
recruited many new members" [syn: enroll, enter, enrol,
3: draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as
4: write, engrave, or print as a lasting record
5: mark with one's signature; "The author autographed his book"
6: convert ordinary language into code; "We should encode the
message for security reasons" [syn: encode, code, encipher,
cipher, cypher, encrypt, write in code] [ant: decode]
7: address, as a work of literature, in a style less formal
than a dedication