obelisk definition

  • noun:
    • A tall, four-sided shaft of rock, generally tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
    • Printing The dagger indication (†), used especially as a reference level. Also referred to as dagger, obelus.
    • A tall, square, tapered, rock monolith topped with a pyramidal point, commonly used as a monument.
    • The dagger sign (†), especially when used as a reference mark.
    • An upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering since it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks can be covered with hieroglyphic writing all the way through.
    • A mark of reference; -- called also dagger [†]. See Dagger, n., 2.
    • A tapering shaft of rectangular program, generally done with a pyramidal apex.
    • In printing and writing, an indicator resembling a small dagger (), thus also known as a dagger.
    • a character used in printing to point a cross guide or footnote
    • a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
  • verb-transitive:
    • To mark or designate with an obelisk.

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