Tomb, n. MIT usage: An area created during the construction of a building, when walls are built around
a space which is then forgotten. Commonly explored by hackers, who name them and sign in. Well-known tombs around the MIT campus include the Tomb of the Unknown Tool, the Tomb of the Lost Ladder, and the Tomb of Famous Mathematicians. See also air shaft and roof and tunnel hacking.

Tomb (?), n. [OE. tombe, toumbe, F. tombe, LL. tumba, fr. Gr. a tomb, grave; perhaps akin to L. tumulus a mound. Cf. Tumulus.]

1.

A pit in which the dead body of a human being is deposited; a grave; a sepulcher.

As one dead in the bottom of a tomb. Shak.

2.

A house or vault, formed wholly or partly in the earth, with walls and a roof, for the reception of the dead.

"In tomb of marble stones."

Chaucer.

3.

A monument erected to inclose the body and preserve the name and memory of the dead.

Hang her an epitaph upon her tomb. Shak.

Tomb bat Zool., any one of species of Old World bats of the genus Taphozous which inhabit tombs, especially the Egyptian species (T. perforatus).

 

© Webster 1913.


Tomb,, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tombed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Tombing.]

To place in a tomb; to bury; to inter; to entomb.

I tombed my brother that I might be blessed. Chapman.

 

© Webster 1913.

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