Complete Definition of "palimpsest"

was wotd|2007|October|17
see|Palimpsest
Image:Codex ephremi.jpg|thumb|right|A section of the Codex Ephraemi from the National Library in Paris, containing Matt. 20:16-23. An example of a palimpsest.
English
wikipedia

Etymology
From L. term|palimpsestus|palimpsÄstus < AGr. term|scGrek|ÏαλίμÏηÏÏοÏ|ÏαλίμÏηÏÏοÏ|scraped again|trpalímpsestos.

Pronunciation
a|RP|US IPA|/ËpælɪmpsÉst/
audio|en-us-palimpsest.ogg|Audio (US)

Noun
en-noun

  1. A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written. Many historical texts have been recovered using ultraviolet light and other technologies to read the erased writing.

#*2006: Cory Doctorow, "Correcting the Record: Wikipedia vs The Register" in http://www.boingboing.net/2006/01/11/correcting_the_recor.html &mdash; Wikipediaâs History and Discuss pages are palimpsests recording the process by which the truth was eventually negotiated.

  1. archaic Monumental brasses that have been reused by engrave|engraving of the blank back side.
  2. astronomy Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcano|volcanic activity.
  3. geology geological|Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.
  4. computing Memory that has been erased and re-written.
  5. Something bearing the traces of an earlier, erased form.

#*2005: Patrick Radden Keefe, Chatter. "Miraculously, the Stasi's record of Garton Ash's years in Berlin remained intact, and in his extraordinary book The File he recalls going back to Berlin, sifting through the material, and piecing together those years for himself. The result is a palimpsest of memories, observations recorded by informants and agents, and the recollections in his own diaries at that time."

Quotations
seeCites

Synonyms
codex rescriptus

Derived terms
palimpsestic

Translations
trans-top|A manuscript scraped clean for reuse
Croatian: t-|hr|palimpsest|m
Czech: t-|cs|palimpsest|m
French: t+|fr|palimpseste|m
German: t-|de|Palimpsest|m
Hungarian: t-|hu|palimpszeszt
Italian: t-|it|palinsesto|m
trans-mid
Latin: t-|la|palimpsestus|m|alt=palimpsÄstus
Polish: t-|pl|palimpsest|m
Romanian: t-|ro|palimpsest|n
Slovene: t+|sl|palimpsest|m
Spanish: t+|es|palimpsesto|m
trans-bottom

Verb
en-verb

  1. To scrape clean, as in parchment, for reuse.
  2. On paper: to reuse, often by erasure or change of pen direction or color. Especially fueled by w:Earth Day|Earth Day.

#:Typically refers to a multi-layered work, e.g.λ new ads covering old on a roadside sign.


Czech
Noun
palimpsest m

  1. A #English|palimpsest

Category:Czech nouns


Polish

Noun
infl|pl|noun|gender=m|plural|palimpsety

  1. A #English|palimpsest

Category:Polish nouns


Romanian

Etymology
From F.|ro palimpseste < L.|ro term|palimpsestus|palimpsÄstus < AGr.|ro term|scGrek|ÏαλίμÏηÏÏοÏ|ÏαλίμÏηÏÏοÏ|scraped again|trpalímpsestos.

Pronunciation
IPA|[pa.limp'sest]|lang=ro

Noun
ro-noun|gendn|plpalimpseste

  1. A #English|palimpsest

Declension
ro-noun-n|plpalimpseste|defpalimpsestul


Slovene

Pronunciation
IPA|[pÉlimpsest]|lang=sl

Noun
infl|sl|noun|plural|palimpsesti|gender=m

  1. A #English|palimpsest

fr:palimpsest
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no:palimpsest
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vi:palimpsest
zh:palimpsest

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