Definition of Rosetta Stone in English:

Rosetta Stone

proper noun

  • 1An inscribed stone found near Rosetta (now called Rashid) in Egypt in1799. Its text is written in three scripts: hieroglyphic, demotic, and Greek. The deciphering of the hieroglyphs by Jean-François Champollion in 1822 led to the interpretation of many other early records of Egyptian civilization.

    1. 1.1A key to some previously undecipherable mystery or unattainable knowledge.
      ‘zero point energy could be the Rosetta stone of physics’
      • ‘Since this example provides a clear indication that the tokens were ‘used for bookkeeping’, Schmandt-Besserat characterizes it as ‘the Rosetta stone of the token system’.’
      • ‘Gaghan and I would remind ourselves every time we went through the script that the issue of control was our Rosetta stone.’
      • ‘It was a Rosetta stone that I would continually go back to when multiple issues from disparate groups clamored for priority.’
      • ‘It would have been a Rosetta stone in the right hands, but to him it was just another piece of possibly valuable scrap.’
      • ‘On a table in his office, Pandit keeps a replica of the Rosetta stone, the key that enabled archaeologists finally to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs.’
      • ‘I have compared forensic work to an operational Rosetta stone, wherein differing languages might be translated back and forth.’
      • ‘The Rosetta stone, sculptures from the Parthenon and the Portland Vase are included in this museum.’
      • ‘The Rosetta disk expands on the parallel text structure of the original Rosetta stone by archiving five distinct linguistic components for each language on the disk.’
      • ‘If there is a Rosetta stone for deciphering Edwards' bold decision to seek the presidency and abandon the Senate after a single term on Capitol Hill, it is embedded in the way he has reacted to his son's death.’
      • ‘The similar values may be a Rosetta stone that will serve to allow a common language to emerge regardless of where either group is, or is perceived to be, on the political spectrum.’
      • ‘If you go to see the Rosetta stone, you have to get permission to sketch it.’
      • ‘It's a little more of an addition, but I wouldn't say it is the Rosetta stone.’
      • ‘The stone with the Germanic inscriptions was to be their Rosetta stone.’
      • ‘I made it to the museum, but the Rosetta stone was in some temporary exhibition which cost $5 to get in, so I didn't bother.’
      • ‘The British Museum has one of the largest and best archeological collections of worldwide artifacts, including the Rosetta stone and Lindow Man.’
      • ‘As difficult as the encryption was, the engineer somehow felt that the Rosetta stone of the code would be something simple, if he could just determine what it was.’
      • ‘Perhaps I should tell you the Rosetta stone of my personality.’
      • ‘This little pot became the Rosetta stone for the identification of Gerverot's work.’
      • ‘Since the discovery of the Rosetta stone Egyptian history has literally been spelled out for us.’


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