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in•scrip•tion /ɪnˈskrɪpʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  • the words, characters, or letters inscribed on a surface:an inscription on the ring.
  • See -scrib-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
    in•scrip•tion  (in skripshən),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. something inscribed.
    2. a historical, religious, or other record cut, impressed, painted, or written on stone, brick, metal, or other hard surface.
    3. a brief, usually informal dedication, as of a book or a work of art.
    4. a note, as a dedication, that is written and signed by hand in a book.
    5. the act of inscribing.
    6. Drugs[Pharm.]the part of a prescription indicating the drugs and the amounts to be mixed.
    7. Business[Brit.]
      • an issue of securities or stocks.
      • a block of shares in a stock, as bought or sold by one person.
    8. CurrencyAlso called  legend. [Numis.]the lettering in the field of a coin, medal, etc.
    in•scription•al, adj. 
    in•scription•less, adj. 
    • Latin inscrīptiōn- (stem of inscrīptiō), equivalent. to inscrīpt(us) (past participle of inscrībere to inscribe) + -iōn- -ion
    • Middle English inscripcio(u)n 1350–1400

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    inscription /ɪnˈskrɪpʃən/ n
    1. something inscribed, esp words carved or engraved on a coin, tomb, etc
    2. a signature or brief dedication in a book or on a work of art
    3. the act of inscribing
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin inscriptiō a writing upon, from inscrībere to write upon, from in-² + scrībere to write

    inˈscriptional, inˈscriptive adj inˈscriptively adv

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