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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a writing desk (=that you use for writing letters etc)
▪ Under the window was a small writing desk.
a writing/painting/dancing etc competition
▪ Greg won the school public-speaking competition.
creative writing
▪ I teach creative writing at Trinity College.
piece of music/writing/sculpture etc
▪ some unusual pieces of sculpture
reading/writing etc material(s)
▪ Videos often make good teaching material.
reading/writing skills
▪ Their reading skills are poor.
writing desk
writing paper
writing/note paper (=good quality paper for writing letters)
▪ Can you fetch me a piece of writing paper and a pen?
writing/sketch/memo/legal etc pad
▪ a box of paints and a sketch pad
▪ Keep a telephone pad and a pen to hand.
▪ That is the nature of creative writing to me.
▪ And she has tried to defuse the threat which science undoubtedly can pose against creative writing.
▪ In prisons which offer art or creative writing classes, inmates will pour out their frustrated feelings in painting or poetry.
▪ He's easily distracted from anything that isn't creative writing, though, very up-and-down.
▪ At the same time there is the danger that such multiple scenarios may be no more valid than creative fiction writing.
▪ This is not just about the creation in a religious sense but Coleridge's own creative writing.
▪ The exciting and liberating redirection achieved during the sixties, usually characterised as the creative writing movement, has lost its way.
▪ This is where most of the best new writing is coming from.
▪ Economy of words is a sign of good writing.
▪ To be a fashion writer, you must have good writing skills - it's not enough simply to like clothes.
▪ Looking at the might-have-beens of stylistic variation is a way of making the elusive quality of good writing open to inspection.
▪ Careful reading and thoughtful, precise note making are essential to good essay writing.
▪ William was taught by his father, a schoolmaster from Northamptonshire, and inherited his good writing.
▪ We learn, mistakenly, that good writing is obscure, dense and full of hard words.
▪ We come to believe that good writing shows how clever we are.
▪ For you, all historical writing must be thought of as evidence.
▪ It is possible to identify three main types of historical writing - descriptive, narrative and analytical.
▪ Primary and Secondary Evidence Primary evidence is the point of origin of all historical thought and writing.
▪ Clarify your understanding of the main differences between narrative, description and analysis in historical writing. 3.
▪ Notice that: 1. the order of the objectives reveals something of the process of historical writing.
▪ Most New Historical writing on the Renaissance has openly acknowledged the difficulties inherent in reading texts as cultural documents.
▪ Within New Historical writing the anecdote which symbolically reveals some important facet of Renaissance culture is a familiar critical practice.
▪ In historical writing you may need a great deal of factual information to support your argument or opinion.
▪ He then began his letter writing campaign.
▪ Integrated letter writing involves combining and manipulating data from a variety of different sources with the minimum of operator intervention.
▪ The nature of letter writing has been emphasised, because it is critical to the success of a recruitment system.
▪ With comprehension questions and letter writing exercises.
▪ Come straight to the point and keep to the point are the golden rules of letter writing.
▪ Final chapter revises grammatical points important in letter writing.
▪ Training is available in telephone skills, letter writing, handling meetings or presentations, to help you meet your business objectives.
▪ Index of model letters useful as a prop and exercises based on them also encourage creativity in letter writing.
▪ I gave my orders and they led me to a private room and brought me some writing paper and a pen.
▪ Under page 300 lay two folded complete sheets of writing paper.
▪ The sharp sound of Sister Mary's hand banging down on the square of writing paper stopped the chanting.
▪ Bridget was holding a sheet of writing paper.
▪ You could use them as a decorative device on invitations, or as part of the design on your personal writing paper.
▪ Hunting for some writing paper he emptied the drawer in his wardrobe out on to the floor.
▪ He realised that he would need some more writing paper, as well as something to eat.
▪ Standard cheap writing paper - there's reams of it on sale, about four hundred outlets.
▪ Many had considerable reading and writing skills, but about 20 percent were recent immigrants, often with language difficulties.
▪ These percentages are not based on functional literacy but on the most rudimentary writing skills.
▪ These factors will naturally have their effect on acquisition of writing skills.
▪ Infants are still developing their writing skills, and assessment will be through observation and discussion rather than through written exercises.
▪ Employing such devices is a fine test of sheer writing skill, of careful and adroit manipulation of language.
▪ If revised arrangements are made over the telephone, these, too, should be confirmed in writing.
▪ If a specific idea has been discussed over the phone confirm the details in writing.
▪ It should be confirmed in writing.
▪ The guidelines say they should be so informed, and it should also be confirmed in writing.
▪ He suggested I confirm my complaint in writing.
▪ The instructions should either be given or confirmed in writing.
▪ Some, because their interests lie elsewhere, may be barely able to read, and their writing may be rudimentary.
▪ He should have read the writing on the machine they gave him to spin the golden thread.
▪ She unfolded Marek's exercise book and began reading the spidery writing where she had been forced to stop.
▪ The lessons we observed were reading and writing and Maths.
▪ I knew when I saw her in the graveyard reading the writing.
▪ All bids must be submitted in writing to the above address.
▪ Below each picture was a short piece of writing in Arabic script.
▪ Sherman produced his best writing back in the 1960s.
▪ The writing on the label is too small for me to read.
▪ There's some writing on the back of this photo, but I can't make out what it says.
▪ But it was not only writers with established political identities who were wary about how writing might be perceived.
▪ He felt it would leave him little time for his writing for one thing.
▪ In Nizan's theory of the revolutionary novel it is elevated to the status of necessary pre-condition of authentic writing practices.
▪ Nor is this only a question of a difference between writing and speech, as might at first appear.
▪ Produce a sustained piece of writing when the task demands it. ii Produce well-structured pieces of writing.
▪ The manual includes sample lesson plans, as well as guidelines on preparing and evaluating writing workshops.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Write \Write\, v. t. [imp. Wrote; p. p. Written; Archaic imp. & p. p. Writ; p. pr. & vb. n. Writing.] [OE. writen, AS. wr[=i]tan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS. wr[=i]tan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to tear, to rend, G. reissen, OHG. r[=i]zan, Icel. r[=i]ta to write, Goth. writs a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. Race tribe, lineage.]

  1. To set down, as legible characters; to form the conveyance of meaning; to inscribe on any material by a suitable instrument; as, to write the characters called letters; to write figures.

  2. To set down for reading; to express in legible or intelligible characters; to inscribe; as, to write a deed; to write a bill of divorcement; hence, specifically, to set down in an epistle; to communicate by letter.

    Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.

    I chose to write the thing I durst not speak To her I loved.

  3. Hence, to compose or produce, as an author.

    I purpose to write the history of England from the accession of King James the Second down to a time within the memory of men still living.

  4. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.

  5. To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; -- often used reflexively.

    He who writes himself by his own inscription is like an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell passengers what shape it is, which else no man could imagine.

    To write to, to communicate by a written document to.

    Written laws, laws deriving their force from express legislative enactment, as contradistinguished from unwritten, or common, law. See the Note under Law, and Common law, under Common, a.


Writing \Writ"ing\, n.

  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:

    1. Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like.

    2. Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison.

    3. 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.

    Writing book, a book for practice in penmanship.

    Writing desk, a desk with a sloping top for writing upon; also, a case containing writing materials, and used in a similar manner.

    Writing lark (Zo["o]l.), the European yellow-hammer; -- so called from the curious irregular lines on its eggs.

    Writing machine. Same as Typewriter.

    Writing master, one who teaches the art of penmanship.

    Writing obligatory (Law), a bond.

    Writing paper, paper intended for writing upon with ink, usually finished with a smooth surface, and sized.

    Writing school, a school for instruction in penmanship.

    Writing table, a table fitted or used for writing upon.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English writing "action of forming letters and characters," verbal noun from write (v.). From c.1200 as "text; body of poetry, narrative, etc. in written form; written material." From c.1300 as "a particular text;" mid-14c. as "act of composing a written text." From late 14c. as "craft of writing;" also "one's own handwriting or penmanship." Also late 14c. as "act of sending a letter; a letter, message." Writing-desk is from 1610s.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) http://en.wikipedi

  1. org/wiki/Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning. 2 (context uncountable English) Something written, such as a document, article or book. 3 (context uncountable English) The process of representing a language with symbols or letters. 4 (context countable English) A work of an author. 5 (context countable English) The style of writing of a person. 6 (qualifier: as a modifier) Intended for or used in writing. v

  2. (present participle of write English)

  1. n. the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship" [syn: authorship, composition, penning]

  2. 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" [syn: written material, piece of writing]

  3. (usually plural) the collected work of an author; "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

  4. letters or symbols 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. the activity of putting something in written form; "she did the thinking while he did the writing" [syn: committal to writing]


Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion through the inscription or recording of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology that developed as tools developed with human society. 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 generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, 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.

Usage examples of "writing".

It matters not whether he is professional or amateur, so he is untouched by academicism and has not done so much reading or writing as to impair his mental digestion and his clarity of vision.

About this time my destiny made me acquainted with a nobleman called Mark Antony Zorzi, a man of parts and famous for his skill in writing verses in the Venetian dialect.

My illustrious friend still continuing to sound in my ears the imperious duty to which I was called, of making away with my sinful relations, and quoting many parallel actions out of the Scriptures, and the writings of the holy fathers, of the pleasure the Lord took in such as executed his vengeance on the wicked, I was obliged to acquiesce in his measures, though with certain limitations.

The direct actionists by their inflammatory speeches and writings are especially successful in gaining recruits from among the more disorderly elements of society, whereas the political actionists appeal rather to those persons who are opposed to the destruction of life and property.

Past admonishments to Peggy to stop writing than had gone unheeded, widening the rift that already existed between brother and sister.

I do understand that power is dangerous to a writer, and that my long proximity to unlimited power adulterated my writings.

Anagnos had just finished writing her a most affectionate letter, saying that both he and Mrs.

There was aphasia, loss of speech, alexia, loss of reading, agraphia, loss of writing, and agnosia, loss of recognition.

When we knew we were writing for something like an album he would write a few in his spare moments, like this batch here.

Ernest says that if the exercise was any better than usual it must have been by a fluke, for he is sure that he always liked dogs, especially St Bernard dogs, far too much to take any pleasure in writing Alcaics about them.

When Alec mentioned the writing lessons with Seregil, the wizard brought writing materials and a simple scroll for him to work on.

My correspondence took an hour or so, for I had few letters to answer that day, and I passed the rest of the morning at work with my book on the history of the algebraic method, writing with great ease those passages wherein I demonstrated with unchallengeable proofs the fraudulent claims of Vieta, all of whose inventions were, in fact, conceived some thirty years previously by Mr.

Of course, he was writing about coca, not cocaine, but the moment the alkaloid was isolated from the leaf they were assumed to be one and the same.

Then there was a small library of other books, including a medical lexicon published in London and an almanac beginning at the year 1731, the Holy Bible, ink, pens and writing paper, a box of watercolours and brushes, reams of fine-quality drawing paper, knitting needles and wool, a roll of soft tanned leather from which to make the uppers for footwear- the soles would be cut from buffalo rawhide.

His amanuensis found it impossible to keep up with him, and therefore profited by a hint from one of us, and instead of writing, merely moved his pen rapidly over the paper, scrawling all sorts of ragged lines and figures to resemble writing!