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historical, rare Geometry. A circumscribed or inscribed line, especially a tangent of a curve. Now rare and historical.
2An adscript feudal serf.
3A comment or note added to a manuscript, especially one which in error becomes incorporated into the text.
1Of a feudal serf: hereditarily attached to an estate, and transferred with it.
2Written after; opposed to subscript. Chiefly in "iota adscript".
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Bedwell (bap. 1563, d. 1632), Arabist and mathematician. From classical Latin adscrīptus (also ascrīptus), past participle (in post-classical Latin also used as adjective and noun: see note) of adscrībere.
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