What does writing mean?

Definitions for writing
ˈraɪ tɪŋwrit·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. writingnoun

    (usually plural) the collected work of an author

    "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

  4. writingnoun

    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. writing, committal to writingnoun

    the activity of putting something in written form

    "she did the thinking while he did the writing"

Wiktionary

  1. writingnoun

    Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning.

  2. writingnoun

    Something written, such as a document, article or book.

  3. writingnoun

    The process of representing a language with symbols or letters.

  4. writingnoun

    A work of an author.

  5. writingnoun

    The style of writing of a person.

    I can't read your writing.

  6. writingnoun

    Intended for or used in writing.

    a writing table

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Writingnoun

    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.

Wikipedia

  1. Writing

    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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Writing

    of Write

  2. Writingnoun

    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

  3. Writingnoun

    anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters

  4. Writingnoun

    any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like

  5. Writingnoun

    any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison

  6. Writingnoun

    an inscription

  7. Writingnoun

    handwriting; chirography

Freebase

  1. Writing

    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

  1. Writing

    The act or practice of literary composition, the occupation of writer, or producing or engaging in literary work as a profession.

Editors Contribution

  1. writing

    The act and process of to write.

    The gift of writing is beautiful and its good to be neat, tidy and orderly.


    Submitted by MaryC on April 19, 2020  


  2. writingverb

    Verb form of the word write.

    Writing is very important as we all need to write every day.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 4, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'writing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1765

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'writing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1170

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'writing' in Nouns Frequency: #739

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of writing in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of writing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of writing in a Sentence

  1. Ron Johnson:

    It is concerning that when I wrote to the FBI and Department of Justice, they never told me about the fact that they had some FBI asset, whether it was an agent or informant, tailing Soofi and Simpson, why didn’t they intervene? As a member of the Senate oversight committee, I think these agencies should be honest when we actually ask them the questions. But it begs the question, what was the FBI doing in Garland, and why wasn’t the agency direct with me when we first started writing letters about this back in 2015?

  2. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette:

    Writing only leads to more writing.

  3. Hannah Taylor-Gordon:

    Anne really liked chatting and gossiping. That's the same with me. Then I like reading and writing.

  4. Steve Krantz:

    I always ask myself if what Im writing will satisfy a reader whos in a plane that cant land because of fog, or whos recovering from an operation in a hospital or who has to escape to a more delightful world for whatever reason, that is the test.

  5. Julie Mead:

    Some of these letters that they’re writing are so thoughtful and they’re funny, but they’re spiritual, these kids are just amazingly supportive. Cancer would be a pretty scary thing for anyone to understand and get their arms around, but these 15- and 16-year-old kids, they just jump in with both feet. They’re here to support her, they talk to her, they want to know what’s going on. It’s really been amazing.

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