a. The action of writing. Cf. scribe v. I.
2. The action, process, or technique of marking or scoring a material (originally wood), using a tool or instrument with a sharp point, a laser, etc. Cf. scribe v. II.
4. In plural. Archaeology. Marks or images cut into stone, cave walls, etc. Cf. scribe v. 4c.
scribing gauge n. any of various instruments in the form of a template, or of a sharp point or drawing implement on a stand, used for scoring or marking straight lines on the surface of a manufactured object, parallel to a reference line; spec.= surface gauge n. (b) at surface n. Compounds 3.
scribing iron n. now chiefly hist. a hand tool with an iron point for marking casks and timber; cf. scrieve iron n., scrieving iron n. at scrieving n. Compounds.
scribing plate n. rare (a) a flat metal cutting tool to make scoring marks, or a template used as a guide in the scoring of a flat object or surface; (b) a flat sheet or photographic plate that bears a detailed image (esp. a photographic image), used in manufacturing or as a printing master.
scribing point n. the point or stylus of a scoring or marking tool, or of a mechanical recording device that leaves a trace on a surface.
scribing speed n. the speed at which a mechanical or laser scribing tool operates (in distance or number of worked pieces per unit of time).
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