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 stone. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. To mark with letters, characters, or words. [1913 Webster]

O let thy once lov'd friend inscribe thy stone. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To assign or address to; to commend to by a short address; to dedicate informally; as, to inscribe an ode to a friend. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To imprint deeply; to impress; to stamp; as, to inscribe a sentence on the memory. [1913 Webster]

5. (Geom.) To draw within so as to meet yet not cut the boundaries. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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