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1. A tall, four-sided shaft of stone, usually tapered and monolithic, that rises to a pointed pyramidal top.
2. The dagger sign (†), used especially as a reference mark. Also called dagger, obelus.
[Latin obeliscus, from Greek obeliskos, diminutive of obelos, a spit, obelisk.]
ob′e·lis′cal (-lĭs′kəl) adj.
ob′e·lis′koid′ (-koid′) adj.
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1. (Architecture) a stone pillar having a square or rectangular cross section and sides that taper towards a pyramidal top, often used as a monument in ancient Egypt
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing another name for dagger2
[C16: via Latin from Greek obeliskos a little spit, from obelos spit]
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ob•e•lisk(ˈɒb ə lɪsk)
1. a tapering, four-sided shaft of stone, usu. monolithic and having a pyramidal apex.
[1540–50; < Latin obeliscus < Greek obelískos small spit]
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1. A monument of Ancient Egyptian origins, consisting of a tall tapering shaft of stone with a pyramidal top.
2. A tall, four-sided, stone pillar, especially one erected as a monument in ancient Egypt.
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|Noun||1.||obelisk - a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top|
|2.||obelisk - a character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote|
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noun column, shaft, monument, pillar, monolith, needle The obelisk was erected in his memory in 1812.
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obelisk[ˈɒbɪlɪsk] N → obelisco m
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obelisk[ˈɒbəlɪsk] n → obélisque m
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obelisk[ˈɒbɪlɪsk] n → obelisco
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