- the act of a person or thing that writes.
- written form: to commit one's thoughts to writing.
- that which is written; characters or matter written with a pen or the like: His writing is illegible.
- such characters or matter with respect to style, kind, quality, etc.
- an inscription.
- a letter.
- any written or printed paper, as a document or deed.
- literary or musical style, form, quality, technique, etc.: Her writing is stilted.
- a literary composition or production.
- the profession of a writer: He turned to writing at an early age.
- the Writings, Hagiographa.
- writing on the wall. handwriting(def 4).
Origin of writing
- 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
Related Words for writingsprint, handwriting, script, calligraphy, essay, poem, literature, piece, publication, manuscript, novel, review, work, paper, theme, book, letter, prose, article, document
Examples from the Web for writings
Contemporary Examples of writings
How sad, then, that her writings make scant mention the other great thinkers of her age.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
We do have the writings of Sextus Julius Frontinus—but what he wrote was a treatise on aqueducts.
The vast majority of the authors listed, however, have none of their writings preserved for us, or mere fragments at most.
Perhaps more enduring than her writings will be her role as the last public intellectual.Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
September 26, 2014
Neither Arabic or Swahili writings make note of Gedi, despite it being located 65 miles from the port city of Mombasa.Kenya Has Its Own Machu Picchu—the Lost Town of Gedi
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of writings
I must tell you, to keep your writings concealed so cunningly.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
Even now his writings, so popular in their day, are little known.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Often have I heard her say that to read your writings was like talking to an early friend.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
With your own salary, and your friend's, and your writings, you'd make—ah!The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
The best, because the most genuine, biography of Burns is furnished by his own writings.The Letters of Robert Burns
- the Writings another term for the Hagiographa
- 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
- short for handwriting
- anything expressed in letters, esp a literary composition
- the work of a writer
- literary style, art, or practice
- written formgive it to me in writing
- (modifier) related to or used in writingwriting ink
- writing on the wall a sign or signs of approaching disaster
Word Origin for writing
- 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
"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."