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Óbelisk. n.s. [obeliscus, Latin.]

  1. A magnificent high piece of solid marble, or other fine stone, having usually four faces, and lessening upwards by degrees, till it ends in a point like a pyramid. Harris.

    Between the statues obelisks were plac'd,
    And the learn'd walls with hieroglyphicks grac'd.

  2. A mark of censure in the margin of a book, in the form of a dagger [†].

    He published the translation of the Septuagint, having compared it with the Hebrew, and noted by asterisks what was defective, and by obelisks what redundant. Grew.

Sources: Grew, Nehemiah (36) · Pope, Alexander (393)

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