# Dictionary Definition

inscribed adj

1 written (by handwriting, printing, engraving,
or carving) on or in a surface

2 cut or impressed into a surface; "an incised
design"; "engraved invitations" [syn: engraved, etched, graven, incised]

# User Contributed Dictionary

## English

### Verb

inscribed- past of inscribe

# Extensive Definition

In geometry, an inscribed planar shape or solid is
one that is enclosed by and "fits snugly" inside another geometric
shape or solid. Specifically, there must be no object similar
to the inscribed object but larger and also enclosed by the outer
figure.

Familiar examples include circles inscribed in polygons, and triangles or regular
polygons inscribed in circles.

More precisely, in the phrase "an inscribed F of
X", the outer figure X is supposed to be a given, specific figure
(such as, for example, "the circle centered at A with radius r"),
whereas F stands for a class of figures (such as, for example,
"triangle"). Of these figures, an inscribed one is a figure of
maximal size among those of the same shape enclosed by X. Usually
it is unique in size, but not necessarily in position and
orientation.

The definition given above assumes that the
objects concerned are embedded in two- or three-dimensional Euclidean
space, but can easily be generalized to higher dimensions and
other metric
spaces.

# Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

autograph, autographic, booked, calligraphic, carved, chirographic, creased, cursive, cut, documented, down, enchased, engraved, engrossed, enrolled, entered, filed, flowing, furrowed, glyphic, graphic, graphoanalytic, graphologic, graphometric, graved, graven, grooved, holograph, holographic, impressed, imprinted, in longhand, in
shorthand, in writing, incised, indexed, insculptured, italic, italicized, legal, lined, logged, longhand, manuscript, marked, minuted, of record, official, on file, on paper, on
record, on the books, penciled, penned, posted, printed, recorded, registered, running, scriptorial, scriptural, sculptured, shorthand, stamped, stylographic, tooled, written, written
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