cuneiform cuneiform  /ˈkju ni ə ˌfɔrm/


  1. (n) an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
  2. (adj) shaped like a wedge
  3. (adj) of or relating to the tarsal bones (or other wedge-shaped bones)



  1. At university, Finkel learned to read cuneiform, the oldest known type of writing, in which wedge-shaped symbols were pressed into clay with a reed.
  2. Conservatives are calling the Nebo-Sarsekim tablet, stamped in cuneiform script, such a proof.
  3. Its notation, in which triangles, circles and squares indicate pitch, looks like cuneiform.


  • Ray Russell: Playing with Time

    Each time guitarist/composer Ray Russell releases a new album, it feels like a comeback. Now, More than Ever , Russell's debut on the Abstract Logix label, comes seven years after Goodbye Svengali (Cuneiform Records, 2006), his heartfelt tribute to composer Gil Evans Gil Evans 1912 - 1988 composer/conductor . Although Russell may drop off the radar for periods of time, he's never really far away ...
    on July 1, 2013     Source: All About Jazz

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  1. "Those were grand gestures and grand words, but in the end it was nothing but a hoax that the UN had fallen for. Contrary to the Shah's claims, the cuneiform degree was propaganda," explains Josef Wiesehöfer, a scholar of ancient history at the...
    on Jul 21, 2008 By: Josef Wiesehöfer Source: Iran Press Service

  2. Dr. Archer writes: "The appearance of King Belshazzar in chapter 5 was interpreted by earlier critics to be unhistorical, inasmuch as Nabonidus was known to be that last king of the Chaldean Empire. Later discoveries of cuneiform tablets referring...
    on Dec 6, 2007 By: Gleason Archer Source:

  3. "The best-preserved data tends to be on stone steles and cuneiform tablets," Billington told me when I went to the library to hear about its recent attempts to solve the "digital preservation" problem. "Papyrus, vellum, parchment-all those...
    on Aug 1, 2006 By: James Billington Source: Atlantic Online

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