from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
- n. Printing The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger, obelus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tall, square, tapered, stone monolith topped with a pyramidal point, frequently used as a monument.
- n. The dagger sign (†), especially when used as a reference mark.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An upright, four-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, and terminating in a pyramid called pyramidion. It is ordinarily monolithic. Egyptian obelisks are commonly covered with hieroglyphic writing from top to bottom.
- n. A mark of reference; -- called also dagger [†]. See Dagger, n., 2.
- transitive v. To mark or designate with an obelisk.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tapering shaft of rectangular plan, generally finished with a pyramidal apex.
- n. In printing and writing, a sign resembling a small dagger (), and hence also called a dagger.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
- n. a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos, a spit, obelisk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1569. From Middle French obelisque, from Latin obeliscus ("obelisk"), from Ancient Greek ὀβελίσκος (obeliskos), diminutive of ὀβελός (obelos, "needle"). (Wiktionary)