[ rahy-ting ]
/ ˈraɪ tɪŋ /


Nearby words

  1. writer's block,
  2. writer's cramp,
  3. writerly,
  4. writhe,
  5. writhen,
  6. writing case,
  7. writing desk,
  8. writing hand,
  9. writing on the wall,
  10. writing paper


    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- ]
/ ˌhæg iˈɒg rə fə, ˌheɪ dʒi- /

noun (used with a singular verb)

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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/ (ˈraɪtɪŋz) /

pl n

the Writings another term for the Hagiographa


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Word Origin for writing

sense 8: allusion to Daniel 5:5


/ (ˌhæɡɪˈɒɡrəfə) /


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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