script

[skript]

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Digital Technology. to write an executable section of code that automates a task:Most programmers script in more than one programming language.

Origin of script

1325–75; Middle English (noun) < Latin scriptum, noun use of neuter past participle of scrībere “to write”; replacing Middle English scrit, from Old French escrit, from Latin, as above
Related formsscript·er, nounun·der·script, noun
Can be confusedscrip script

Script.

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script

noun

handwriting as distinguished from print, esp cursive writing
the letters, characters, or figures used in writing by hand
any system or style of writing
written copy for the use of performers in films and plays
law
  1. an original or principal document
  2. (esp in England) a will or codicil or the draft for one
any of various typefaces that imitate handwriting
computing a series of instructions that is executed by a computer program
an answer paper in an examination
another word for scrip 3

verb

(tr) to write a script for

Word Origin for script

C14: from Latin scriptum something written, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for script
n.

late 14c., "something written," earlier scrite (c.1300), from Old French escrit "piece of writing, written paper; credit note, IOU; deed, bond" (Modern French écrit) from Latin scriptum "a writing, book; law; line, mark," noun use of neuter past participle of scribere "to write," from PIE *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (cf. Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," Lettish skripat "scratch, write," Old Norse hrifa "scratch"), from root *(s)ker- "cut, incise" (cf. Old English sceran "cut off, shear;" see shear (v.)) on the notion of carving marks in stone, wood, etc.

Meaning "handwriting" is recorded from 1860. Theatrical use, short for manuscript, is attested from 1884. The importance of Rome to the spread of civilization in Europe is attested by the fact that the word for "write" in Celtic and Germanic (as well as Romanic) languages derives from scribere (e.g. French écrire, Irish scriobhaim, Welsh ysgrifennu, German schreiben). The cognate Old English scrifan means "to allot, assign, decree" (see shrive; also cf. Old Norse skript "penance") and Modern English uses write (v.) to express this action.

v.

"adapt (a work) for broadcasting or film," 1935, from script (n.). Related: Scripted; scripting.

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