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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In addition to the cuneiform inscriptions of Old Persian, there was also a closely related liturgical language known as Avestan.
▪ The more systematic arrangement of the cuneiform symbols was largely the creation of Western scholars.
▪ There is evidence that the Babylonians were using sine tables, recorded in cuneiform symbols on clay tablets, long before Hipparchus.
▪ This makes them closer to the kana, Vai, Yi, cuneiform, and hieroglyphic systems.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cuneiform \Cu*ne"i*form\ (k?-n?"?-f?rm), Cuniform \Cu"ni*form\ (k?"n?-f?rm), a. [L. cuneus a wedge + -form: cf. F. cunei-forme. See Coin.]

  1. Wedge-shaped; as, a cuneiform bone; -- especially applied to the wedge-shaped or arrowheaded characters of ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions. See Arrowheaded.

  2. Pertaining to, or versed in, the ancient wedge-shaped characters, or the inscriptions in them. ``A cuneiform scholar.''


Cuneiform \Cu*ne"i*form\, Cuniform \Cu"ni*form\, n.

  1. The wedge-shaped characters used in ancient Persian and Assyrian inscriptions.
    --I. Taylor (The Alphabet).

  2. (Anat.)

    1. One of the three tarsal bones supporting the first, second third metatarsals. They are usually designated as external, middle, and internal, or ectocuniform, mesocuniform, and entocuniform, respectively.

    2. One of the carpal bones usually articulating with the ulna; -- called also pyramidal and ulnare. [1913 Webster] ||

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1670s, "wedge shaped," from French cunéiforme (16c.), from Latin cuneus "a wedge, wedge-shaped thing," which is of unknown origin, + French -forme (see form (n.)). Applied to characters in ancient Middle Eastern inscriptions made with wedge-shaped writing tools; first used in this sense by German physician and traveller Engelbert Kämpfer (1681-1716); in English from 1818. As a noun from 1862.


a. 1 Having the form of a wedge; wedge-shaped, especially with a tapered end. 2 Written in the cuneiform#Noun writing system. n. 1 An ancient Mesopotamian writing system, adapted within several language families, originating as pictograms in Sumer around the 30th century BC, evolving into more abstract and characteristic wedge shapes formed by a blunt reed stylus on clay tablets. 2 (context anatomy English) A wedge-shaped bone, especially a cuneiform bone.

  1. adj. shaped like a wedge [syn: wedge-shaped, cuneal]

  2. of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)


n. an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia

Cuneiform (disambiguation)

Cuneiform (from the Latin word for "wedge-shaped") can refer to:

  • Cuneiform script, an ancient writing system originating in Mesopotamia in the 4th millennium BC
  • Cuneiform (anatomy), three bones in the human foot
  • Cuneiform cartilages
  • Cuneiform Records, a music record label
  • CuneiForm (software), an optical character recognition tool
  • Cuneiform (Unicode block)
Cuneiform (Unicode block)

In Unicode, the Sumero-Akkadian Cuneiform script is covered in three blocks in the Supplementary Multilingual Plane (SMP):

  • U+12000–U+1237F Cuneiform
  • U+12400–U+1247F Cuneiform Numbers and Punctuation
  • U+12480–U+1254F Early Dynastic Cuneiform

The sample glyphs in the chart file published by the Unicode Consortium show the characters in their Classical Sumerian form ( Early Dynastic period, mid 3rd millennium BCE). The characters as written during the 2nd and 1st millennia BCE, the era during which the vast majority of cuneiform texts were written, are considered font variants of the same characters.

CuneiForm (software)

CuneiForm is a software tool for optical character recognition. It was originally developed at Cognitive Technologies and, after a few years with no development, released as freeware on December 12, 2007. The kernel of the OCR engine was released under the open source BSD license license at the beginning of April 2008.

Usage examples of "cuneiform".

Chaldeo-Babylonian edition, which the lamented George Smith was the first to decipher on the cuneiform tablets exhumed at Nineveh, and now in the British Museum.

Chinese language is clearly related to the Chaldean, and that both the Chinese characters and the cuneiform alphabet are degenerate descendants of an original hieroglyphical alphabet.

Gradually, cuneiform developed a consonantal base, and finally became more similar to how it is today.

Man-made, surely, although its characters were unfamiliar save in their faint hinting at cuneiform shapes.

This is what Professor Maspero has done, and it must be no slight satisfaction to him to find that on the whole his system of transliteration is confirmed by the cuneiform tablets of Tel el-Amarna.

The cuneiform system of writing was syllabic, each character denoting a syllable, so that we know what were the vowels in a proper name as well as the consonants.

The cuneiform script was an inheritance from the non-Semitic predecessors of the Semites in Babylonia, and in this script the characters represented words as well as sounds.

Here he has found numberless historical inscriptions, besides a text in hieroglyphics which may cast light on the origin of the cuneiform characters.

It is even possible that in the Madyes of Herodotos, we have a reminiscence of the Manda of the cuneiform inscriptions.

Around the lip of this bowl were inlaid sixteen symbols, cuneiform, scarlet.

Banners fell from them on which in woven silk ran the cuneiform letters that told their goods.

But one of the valuable contributions of these tablets is that they provide evidence that cuneiform writing had spread to north Syria before 2300 B.

He used to copy the inscriptions in the cuneiform writing and then translate them into English.

Stephen has just told us that his uncle was something of an expert in cuneiform writing.

I have read with very keen interest the wonderful history of the decipherment of the cuneiform writing, and I happen to recollect one or two of the main facts that seemed to me to be worth remembering.