What does Writing mean?
Definitions for Writing
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writing, authorship, composition, penningnoun
the act of creating written works
"writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
writing, written material, piece of writingnoun
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
"the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
(usually plural) the collected work of an author
"the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
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"
writing, committal to writingnoun
the activity of putting something in written form
"she did the thinking while he did the writing"
Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning.
Something written, such as a document, article or book.
The process of representing a language with symbols or letters.
A work of an author.
The style of writing of a person.
I can't read your writing.
Intended for or used in writing.
a writing table
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from writ.
They thought no other writings in the world should be studied, insomuch as one of their great prophets exhorting them to cast away all respects unto human writings, to his motion they condescended. Richard Hooker.
Such arguments had an invincible force with those pagan philosophers, who became Christians, as we find in most of their writings. Addison.
In at his windows throw
Writings, all tending to the great opinion
That Rome holds of his name. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.
Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language with signs and symbols. For languages that utilize a writing system, inscriptions can complement spoken language by creating a durable version of speech that can be stored for future reference or transmitted across distance. Writing, in other words, is not a language, but a tool used to make languages readable. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar, and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. H.G. Wells argued that writing has the ability to "put agreements, laws, commandments on record. It made the growth of states larger than the old city states possible. It made a continuous historical consciousness possible. The command of the priest or king and his seal could go far beyond his sight and voice and could survive his death". As human societies emerged, collective motivations for the development of writing were driven by pragmatic exigencies like keeping history, maintaining culture, codifying knowledge through curricula and lists of texts deemed to contain foundational knowledge (e.g., The Canon of Medicine) or artistically exceptional (e.g., a literary canon), organizing and governing societies through the formation of legal systems, census records, contracts, deeds of ownership, taxation, trade agreements, treaties, and so on. For example, around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, on the other hand, writing may have evolved through calendric and political necessities for recording historical and environmental events. Individual motivations for writing include improvised additional capacity for the limitations of human memory (e.g., to-do lists, recipes, reminders, logbooks, maps, the proper sequence for a complicated task or important ritual), dissemination of ideas (as in an essay, monograph, broadside, petition, or manifesto), imaginative narratives and other forms of storytelling, personal or business correspondence, and lifewriting (e.g., a diary or journal).
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
anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters
any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like
any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison
Writing is language in a textual medium through the use of a set of signs or symbols. It is distinguished from illustration, such as cave drawing and painting, and non-symbolic preservation of language via non-textual media, such as magnetic tape audio. Writing most likely began as a consequence of political expansion in ancient cultures, which needed reliable means for transmitting information, maintaining financial accounts, keeping historical records, and similar activities. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both Ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica writing may have evolved through calendrics and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events. The oldest known use of writing in China was in divination in the royal court.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The act or practice of literary composition, the occupation of writer, or producing or engaging in literary work as a profession.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Writing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1765
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Writing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1170
Rank popularity for the word 'Writing' in Nouns Frequency: #739
The numerical value of Writing in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of Writing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of Writing in a Sentence
It's great that both series -- 'Who Was?' and 'Magic Tree House' -- teach about history in an engaging way, too often, kids are turned off by nonfiction, including biographies, because the writing is dry and boring. I see this with my seventh-graders. These books for younger kids might help kids actually not develop that 'boring!' reaction to begin with.
I am interested in feminist writing and theory, the novel…and the ethical and political implications of writing and reading fiction, while I specialize in 20th- and 21st-century French literature, I have a soft spot for literature from the 18th and 19th centuries, despite the myriad ways it has of killing off its women.
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written in writing what deserves to be read and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.
I am now writing a final time to request your voluntary cooperation with this investigation, i ask that you begin producing all responsive documents immediately, and I request that you begin scheduling transcribed interviews with each witness identified by House Oversight Committee.
A lot of our customers are people who happen to be walking by, and they come in a little surprised and amused by a shop that just sells pencils, but we also get a lot of word-of-mouth business from journalists, designers, architects and kids coming in after school. I love seeing kids get excited about pencils. Adults remember the smell, the tactile sensation of writing with a freshly sharpened pencil.
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Translations for Writing
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- جاري الكتابة, كتابةArabic
- písmo, psaní, spisCzech
- Schriftstück, Werk, Schreiben, Arbeit, Schrift, Schrift-German
- γραφή, γραπτόGreek
- escritura, escritoSpanish
- kirjutus-, kirjutamine, kirjatöö, kiri, kirjutis, teosEstonian
- kirjoitus-, kirjoittaminen, käsiala, teos, kirjoitusFinnish
- œuvre, écritureFrench
- 書き込み, 著作Japanese
- 저작, 著作Korean
- schrijven, geschrijf, oeuvre, schrijfsel, schrijf-, werk, geschriftDutch
- pismo, napisPolish
- escrita, letra, obraPortuguese
- scris, scriereRomanian
- писание, письмо, письменность, почерк, произведение, надпись, записьRussian
- pisanje, pisava, zapisSlovene
- andiko, maandikoSwahili
- రచన, రచనలు, రాతTelugu
- почерк, твір, писемність, письмоUkrainian
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