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writing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of creating written works
    authorship; penning; composition.
    • writing was a form of therapy for him
    • it was a matter of disputed authorship
  2. noun the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
    written material; piece of writing.
    • the writing in her novels is excellent
    • that editorial was a fine piece of writing
  3. noun (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    • the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings
  4. noun letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
    • he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show
    • the doctor's writing was illegible
  5. noun the activity of putting something in written form
    committal to writing.
    • she did the thinking while he did the writing
  6. verb produce a literary work
    write; pen; compose; indite.
    • She composed a poem
    • He wrote four novels
  7. verb communicate or express by writing
    • Please write to me every week
  8. verb have (one's written work) issued for publication
    write; publish.
    • How many books did Georges Simenon write?
    • She published 25 books during her long career
  9. verb communicate (with) in writing
    write; drop a line.
    • Write her soon, please!
  10. verb communicate by letter
    • He wrote that he would be coming soon
  11. verb write music
    write; compose.
    • Beethoven composed nine symphonies
  12. verb mark or trace on a surface
    • The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper
    • Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet
  13. verb record data on a computer
    write; save.
    • boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk
  14. verb write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
    write; spell.
    • He spelled the word wrong in this letter
  15. verb create code, write a computer program
    • She writes code faster than anybody else

Writ"ing noun
  1. The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas which characters and words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs.
  2. Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters; as: (a) Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like. (b) Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison. (c) An inscription.
    And Pilate wrote a title . . . And the writing was, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. John xix. 19.
  3. Handwriting; chirography.

Webster 1913