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  1. the act of a person or thing that writes.
  2. written form: to commit one's thoughts to writing.
  3. that which is written; characters or matter written with a pen or the like: His writing is illegible.
  4. such characters or matter with respect to style, kind, quality, etc.
  5. an inscription.
  6. a letter.
  7. any written or printed paper, as a document or deed.
  8. literary or musical style, form, quality, technique, etc.: Her writing is stilted.
  9. a literary composition or production.
  10. the profession of a writer: He turned to writing at an early age.
  11. the Writings, Hagiographa.
  1. writing on the wall. handwriting(def 4).

Origin of writing

Middle English word dating back to 1175–1225; see origin at write, -ing1
Related formsself-writ·ing, adjectiveun·writ·ing, adjective


[hag-ee-og-ruh-fuh, hey-jee-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the third of the three Jewish divisions of the Old Testament, variously arranged, but usually comprising the Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles.

Origin of Hagiographa

< Late Latin < Greek: sacred writings, equivalent to hagio- hagio- + -grapha, neuter plural of -graphos -graph
Also called the Writings.
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pl n
  1. the Writings another term for the Hagiographa


  1. a group of letters or symbols written or marked on a surface as a means of communicating ideas by making each symbol stand for an idea, concept, or thing, by using each symbol to represent a set of sounds grouped into syllables (syllabic writing), or by regarding each symbol as corresponding roughly or exactly to each of the sounds in the language (alphabetic writing)See also ideogram
  2. short for handwriting
  3. anything expressed in letters, esp a literary composition
  4. the work of a writer
  5. literary style, art, or practice
  6. written formgive it to me in writing
  7. (modifier) related to or used in writingwriting ink
  8. writing on the wall a sign or signs of approaching disaster

Word Origin for writing

sense 8: allusion to Daniel 5:5


  1. the third of the three main parts into which the books of the Old Testament are divided in Jewish tradition (the other two parts being the Law and the Prophets), comprising Psalms, Proverbs, Job, the Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and ChroniclesAlso called: Writings
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Word Origin and History for writings



"system of human intercommunication by means of conventional visible marks," c.1300, "written characters; words, sentences," verbal noun from write (v.). From late 14c. as "action of composing in characters; craft of writing; one's own handwriting."

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