Palimpsest

Noun

  • A manuscript or document that has been erased or scraped clean, for reuse of the paper, parchment, vellum, or other medium on which it was written.
  • (geology) Geological features thought to be related to features or effects below the surface.
  • Something bearing the traces of an earlier, erased form.
  • (astronomy) Circular features believed to be lunar craters that have been obliterated by later volcanic activity.
  • (cultural studies) The partial erasure of or superimposition on an older society or culture by a newer one.
  • (archaic) Monumental brasses that have been reused by engraving of the blank back side.
  • (computing) Memory that has been erased and re-written.

Verb

  • To scrape clean, as in parchment, for reuse.
  • On paper: to reuse, often by erasure or change of pen direction or color. Especially fueled by Earth Day.

    "Typically refers to a multi-layered work, e.g.: new ads covering old on a roadside sign."

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