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ˈmæn yəˌskrɪptman·u·script

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. manuscript, msnoun

    the form of a literary work submitted for publication

  2. manuscript, holographnoun

    handwritten book or document


  1. Manuscriptnoun

    An original literary or musical composition written by the author, formerly with the hand, now usually by typewriter or word processor. It is contrasted with a printed copy.


  1. manuscriptnoun

    A book, composition or any other document, (type)written by hand, not mechanically reproduced.

  2. manuscriptnoun

    A single, original copy of a book, article, composition etc, written by hand or even printed, submitted as original for (copy-editing and) reproductive publication.

  3. manuscriptadjective

    Which is handwritten, or by extension typewritten, as opposed to mechanical reproduction

  4. Etymology: 1597, from manuscriptum, from manu + scriptus, calqued from a word of origin, compare hantschrift, hantgeschrift, handgewrit, handrit.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Manuscriptnoun

    A book written, not printed.

    Etymology: manuscrit, Fr. manuscriptum, Latin.

    A collection of rare manuscripts, exquisitely written in Arabick, and sought in the most remote parts by the diligence of Erpenius, the most excellent linguist, were upon sale to the jesuits. Henry Wotton.

    Her majesty has perused the manuscript of this opera, and given it her approbation. John Dryden, K. Arthur. Dedication to.


  1. Manuscript

    A manuscript (abbreviated MS for singular and MSS for plural) was, traditionally, any document written by hand – or, once practical typewriters became available, typewritten — as opposed to mechanically printed or reproduced in some indirect or automated way. More recently, the term has come to be understood to further include any written, typed, or word-processed copy of an author's work, as distinguished from its rendition as a printed version of the same. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, music notation, explanatory figures or illustrations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Manuscriptadjective

    written with or by the hand; not printed; as, a manuscript volume

  2. Manuscriptadjective

    a literary or musical composition written with the hand, as distinguished from a printed copy

  3. Manuscriptadjective

    writing, as opposed to print; as, the book exists only in manuscript

  4. Etymology: [LL. manuscriptum, lit., something written with the hand. See Manuscript, a.]


  1. Manuscript

    A manuscript is any document written by hand, as opposed to being printed or reproduced in some other way. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. In publishing and academic contexts, a manuscript is the text submitted to the publisher or printer in preparation for publication, regardless of the format. Until recently a typescript prepared on a typewriter was usual, but today a digital file with a printout, prepared in manuscript format is most common. Manuscripts are not defined by their contents, which may combine writing with mathematical calculations, maps, explanatory figures or illustrations. Manuscripts may be in book form, scrolls or in codex format. Illuminated manuscripts are enriched with pictures, border decorations, elaborately embossed initial letters or full-page illustrations. They were written by earlier people.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Manuscript

    man′ū-skript, adj. written by the hand: not printed.—n. a book or paper written by the hand.—adj. Manuscript′al. [L. manus, the hand, scribĕre, scriptum, to write.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'manuscript' in Nouns Frequency: #2450

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of manuscript in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of manuscript in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of manuscript in a Sentence

  1. Myriah Williams:

    It's easy to think we know all we can know about a manuscript like the 'Black Book,' but to see these ghosts from the past brought back to life in front of our eyes has been incredibly exciting, the drawings and verse that we're in the process of recovering demonstrate the value of giving these books another look.

  2. Danielle Allen:

    Up until now, only one large-format ceremonial parchment manuscript was known to exist, that one is in the National Archives and was produced in 1776. This one was produced a decade later, with the signed parchment as its source.

  3. Ring Lardner:

    A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.

  4. Cassandra Hatton:

    This manuscript dates from the time when Turing was engaged in the crucial task of breaking the Enigma Code, its mathematical content gives an extraordinary insight into the working mind of one of the greatest luminaries of the 20th Century.

  5. Isaac Asimov:

    You must keep sending work out you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist.

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