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glyph

[glif] /glɪf/
noun
1.
a pictograph or hieroglyph.
2.
a sculptured figure or relief carving.
3.
Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.
Origin of glyph
1720-1730
1720-30; < Greek glyph() carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out
Related forms
glyphic, adjective
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  • Doctor glyphic, if he be living now, must be more than sixty years old.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • In respect to Doctor glyphic's affair he was ready and explicit.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • How was a glyphic comparison of the phonic symbols of both languages made in substantiation of the oral comparison?

    Ulysses James Joyce
  • They contained the fruits of Doctor glyphic's antiquarian researches.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • Had Doctor glyphic crowned his eccentricities by marrying, and begetting a daughter?

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • In due course of time Doctor glyphic's worthy step-father died.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • After Doctor glyphic's death he had gratified this feeling in a characteristic manner.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
  • This interchange in certain cases probably resulted from the needs of glyphic balance and symmetry.

  • We might build up an ideographic or glyphic language of signs—the signs being spectra.

    A Trip to Venus John Munro
  • The natural inference is that, unless so odd a name be an assumed one, Doctor glyphic occupies that room.

    Idolatry Julian Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for glyphic

glyph

/ɡlɪf/
noun
1.
a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
2.
(rare) another word for hieroglyphic
3.
any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
Derived Forms
glyphic, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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Word Origin and History for glyphic

glyph

n.

1727, "ornamental groove in architecture," from French glyphe (1701), from Greek glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, cut out with a knife, engrave, carve," from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (cf. Latin glubere "to peel, shell, strip," Old English cleofan "to cleave"). Meaning "sculpted mark or symbol" (as in hieroglyph) is from 1825.

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