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tombstone (plural tombstones)

  1. A headstone marking a person's grave.
    Synonyms: headstone, gravestone
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, chapter 2, in Jacob's Room:
      True, there's no harm in crying for one's husband, and the tombstone, though plain, was a solid piece of work, and on summer's days when the widow brought her boys to stand there one felt kindly towards her.
  2. (mathematics) The symbol "" marking the end of a proof.
    Synonym: halmos
  3. (computing, Microsoft Windows) A marker that takes the place of deleted data, allowing for replication of the deletion across servers etc.


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tombstone (third-person singular simple present tombstones, present participle tombstoning, simple past and past participle tombstoned)

  1. (Britain, intransitive) To take part in tombstoning: to jump into the sea, etc. from a cliff or other high point so as to enter the water vertically straight.
  2. (surfing) For a surfboard to stand upright half-submerged in the water (like a tombstone, above) because the surfer is underwater with his or her legrope pulled tight. Often this indicates a surfer in difficulty, either held down by the power of a wave or unconscious and unable to get to the surface.
    • 2005, Bruce Jenkins, Surfer magazine, (referring to Kelly Slater) [1]:
      Before the contest even started, Slater went down hard in a warmup session. He took a two-wave hold-down in the semifinals, his board tombstoning eerily for all to see, []
  3. (transitive, computing, Microsoft Windows) To replace (an object or data) with a tombstone marker.

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