See also: Tombstone



tomb +‎ stone



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.
    • 2008, Laura E. Hunter, Robbie Allen, Active Directory Cookbook (page 739)
      If you attempt to restore a backup that is older than the tombstone lifetime, it may introduce objects that were deleted []
  4. (computing) A crashdump.
    • 2014, Joshua J. Drake, Zach Lanier, Collin Mulliner, Android Hacker's Handbook (page 186)
      This actually results in a crash dump, which is written to the log and to a tombstone file.
  5. (cardiology) An unusual morphological feature on an electrocardiogram indicative of acute myocardial infarction, characterized by a massive ST elevation.
  6. (journalism) A printed advertisement in a newspaper or magazine, typically having unadorned centered text in black and white, enclosed in a simple box.


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

  1. (UK, 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.
    • 2000, William Boswell, Inside Windows 2000 Server (page 211)
      One of the many improvements in Windows 2000 WINS (and NT4 SP4) is the capability to selectively delete or tombstone records.

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