a. The act or process of producing and recording words in a form that can be read and understood: At first, most students find writing difficult.
b. The occupation or style of someone who writes, especially for publication.
2. Written form: Put it in writing.
3. Handwriting; penmanship: writing that has many flourishes.
4. Something written, especially:
a. Meaningful letters or characters that constitute readable matter: erased the writing on the blackboard.
b. A written work, especially a literary composition: collected all the author's writings.
5. Writings (used with a sing. or pl. verb) Bible The third of the three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures, composed of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles. See Table at Bible.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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