boustrophedon definition

  • noun:
    • an old method of composing where the lines tend to be inscribed alternatively from straight to left and from left to right.
    • An ancient mode of writing, in alternative directions, one line from left to right, additionally the next from directly to left (as fields tend to be plowed), as in early Greek and Hittite.
    • an approach of writing shown during the early Greek inscriptions, where the lines run alternately from right to left and from left to right, as the furrows built in plowing a field, the plow passing alternately backward and forward.
    • an ancient writing system: having alternative lines written in reverse instructions; actually `as the ox ploughs'
  • adverb:
    • of writing, in a fashion such that the reading direction changes from right-to-left to left-to-right every line.
  • adjective:
    • written from right-to-left and left-to-right on alternative lines
    • changing direction, going back and forth

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