from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An inscription, as on a statue or building.
- n. A motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a theme.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an inscription, especially one on a building etc
- n. a literary quotation placed at the beginning of a book etc
- n. (of a function) the set of all points lying on or above its graph
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any inscription set upon a building; especially, one which has to do with the building itself, its founding or dedication.
- n. A citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the beginning of a work or of its separate divisions; a motto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inscription cut or impressed on stone, metal, or other permanent material, as distinguished from a writing in manuscript, etc.; specifically, in archaeology, a terse inscription on a building, tomb, monument, or statue, denoting its use or appropriation, and sometimes incorporated in its scheme of ornamentation.
- n. A superscription or title at the beginning of a book, a treatise, or a part of a book.
- n. In lit., a citation from some author, or a sentence framed for the purpose, placed at the commencement of a work or of one of its separate divisions; a motto.
- To inscribe an epigraph on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a quotation at the beginning of some piece of writing
- n. an engraved inscription
Greek epigraphē, from epigraphein, to write on; see epigram.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)