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glyph

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n glyph glyptic art in the form of a symbolic figure carved or incised in relief
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glyph (Archæol) A carved figure or character, incised or in relief; a carved pictograph; hence, a pictograph representing a form originally adopted for sculpture, whether carved or painted.
    • Glyph (Arch) A sunken channel or groove, usually vertical. See Triglyph.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n glyph In sculpture and architecture, a groove or channel, usually vertical, intended as an ornament. See triglyph.
    • n glyph A written or pictured character, sign, or symbol representing a word or an idea; an ideograph: as, the Mexican or Mayan glyphs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glyph glif (archit.) an ornamental channel or fluting, usually vertical
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. glyfh` carving, fr. gly`fein to carve: cf. F. glyphe,. Cf. Cleave to split
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. glyphēglyphein, to carve.

Usage

In literature:

So much for the 'elementary glyphs.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
The next circle contains a row of glyphs not unlike kernels of corn.
"The Prehistoric World" by E. A. Allen
It is therefore possible that the similar glyphs on Dres.
"Day Symbols of the Maya Year" by Cyrus Thomas
These glyphs are usually oblong in shape and three or more are arranged together end to end.
"Animal Figures in the Maya Codices" by Alfred M. Tozzer and Glover M. Allen
Above each figure there seems to have been at least six glyphs, of which but very few are left.
"Commentary Upon the Maya-Tzental Perez Codex" by William E. Gates
Phonetics and picturegraphs, the various alphabets and glyphs, are mixed and modified, but never invented nor altogether changed.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
I felt along the side, wondering how to open it, till I noticed that one of the little "stone" glyphs gave way when I pressed it.
"Life Blood" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

Or did you while the earthen skiffs dropped
down the grey Nilotic flats
At twilight and the flickering bats flew round
the temple's triple glyphs
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

And the Glyph Award goes to.
Earlier this week, Rich Watson unveiled the 2012 Glyph Award nominees.
Backed by Glyph 's service and technical support, GT Series enclosures are covered by a three-year warranty.
Sic Alps starts with "Glyphs," which has a T. Rex feel, with Marc Bolan's ghost looming large over the proceedings.
Designer Jeri Ingalls has cleverly and artfully integrated sans serif glyphs into marshmallows .
"This glyph says he is one of the earliest rulers of Tak'alik Ab'aj.".
Against the Day is a baggy monster of a book, sphinxlike and intimidating in its white wrappers, which are decorated with nothing but a seal containing an unintelligible glyph.
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In science:

Graphical output was implemented by building a tree of typographic glyphs with additional relative positioning information which were then drawn by help of the clg LISP-GTK interface, extended with some own functions.
A novel approach to symbolic algebra
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