Óbelisk. n.s. [obeliscus, Latin.]
- 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. Pope.
- 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.