Definition of Obelus

1. n. A mark [thus —, or ÷]; -- so called as resembling a needle. In old MSS. or editions of the classics, it marks suspected passages or readings.



Definition of Obelus

1. Noun. A mark, similar to '''–''' or '''÷''', used to indicate a written or printed passage. ¹

2. Noun. A dagger mark, '''†''', often used to indicate a footnote. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Obelus

1. a symbol used in ancient manuscripts to indicate a doubtful passage [n -LI]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Obelus

obelisc
obeliscal
obelise
obelised
obelises
obelising
obelisk
obelisklike
obelisks
obelism
obelisms
obelize
obelized
obelizes
obelizing
obelus (current term)
obento
obentos
oberon
oberration
oberrations
obes
obese
obesely
obeseness
obesenesses
obeser
obesest
obesities
obesity

Literary usage of Obelus

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1. A Select Glossary of English Words Used Formerly in Senses Different from by Richard Chenevix Trench (1859)
"The ' obelus' is properly a sharp-pointed spear or spit; with a sign resembling this, spurious or doubtful passages were marked in the books of antiquity, ..."

2. A Biblical and theological dictionary by Richard Watson (1832)
"... who was then living, Isaiah xxxvi. translation i« in the Ambrosian library at Milan; it contains the obelus and other marks of Origen's Hexapla ; and a ..."

3. The Tyro's Dictionary, Latin and English: Comprehending the More Usual by John Mair, David Phineas Adams (1809)
"obelus, im • a splt or dagger. * oceanus. im the god of the tea, the ocean. ... obelus * oceanus. ..."

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