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tomb

[toom] /tum/
noun
1.
an excavation in earth or rock for the burial of a corpse; grave.
2.
a mausoleum, burial chamber, or the like.
3.
a monument for housing or commemorating a dead person.
4.
any sepulchral structure.
verb (used with object)
5.
to place in or as if in a tomb; entomb; bury.
Origin
1225-1275
1225-75; Middle English tumbe < Anglo-French; Old French tombe < Late Latin tumba < Greek týmbos burial mound; akin to Latin tumēre to swell. See tumor, tumulus
Related forms
tombal, adjective
tombless, adjective
tomblike, adjective
untombed, adjective
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Examples from the web for tombs
  • The warehouses hold material from archaeological digs, for example fragments of loose wall reliefs from tombs.
  • These signs of life are unmistakably distinct from their stony tombs.
  • Some tombs and city walls that were reinforced with the stuff are still standing.
  • They spent a week smiling at the cameras, visiting their birthplaces and praying at ancestral tombs.
  • Once their work was complete, the archaeologists cleaned up the tombs, many of which had been ravaged by floods and looting.
  • If there are underground bunkers it is likely they will be nothing more than tombs to their builders.
  • She led us stumbling across a number of broken tombs, holding a large key that in my memory seems almost a foot long.
  • The people flock in crowds from all quarters, and keep great festivals to honour their tombs.
  • Among the antiquities of a great nation, its tombs always hold a foremost place.
  • Carved out of volcanic rock and connected by tunnels, these subterranean tombs are adorned with art and sculpture.
British Dictionary definitions for tombs

tomb

/tuːm/
noun
1.
a place, esp a vault beneath the ground, for the burial of a corpse
2.
a stone or other monument to the dead
3.
the tomb, a poetic term for death
4.
anything serving as a burial place: the sea was his tomb
verb
5.
(transitive) (rare) to place in a tomb; entomb
Derived Forms
tomblike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French tombe, from Late Latin tumba burial mound, from Greek tumbos; related to Latin tumēre to swell, Middle Irish tomm hill
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Word Origin and History for tombs

tomb

n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French tumbe, Old French tombe (12c.), from Late Latin tumba (cf. Italian tomba, French tombe, Spanish tumba), from Greek tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb," from PIE root *teu- "to swell" (see thigh). The final -b began to be silent 14c. (cf. lamb, dumb). The Tombs, slang for "New York City prison" is recorded from 1840.

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tombs in the Bible

of the Hebrews were generally excavated in the solid rock, or were natural caves. Mention is made of such tombs in Judg. 8:32; 2 Sam. 2:32; 2 Kings 9:28; 23:30. They were sometimes made in gardens (2 Kings 21:26; 23:16; Matt. 27:60). They are found in great numbers in and around Jerusalem and all over the land. They were sometimes whitewashed (Matt. 23:27, 29). The body of Jesus was laid in Joseph's new rock-hewn tomb, in a garden near to Calvary. All evidence is in favour of the opinion that this tomb was somewhere near the Damascus gate, and outside the city, and cannot be identified with the so-called "holy sepulchre." The mouth of such rocky tombs was usually closed by a large stone (Heb. golal), which could only be removed by the united efforts of several men (Matt. 28:2; comp. John 11:39). (See GOLGOTHA.)

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