write down

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v write down reduce the estimated value of something "For tax purposes you can write off the laser printer"
    • v write down put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every time Beethoven sat down to write music, he poured ice water over his head
    • Write down to put down in written characters: to condemn in writing
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Quotations

  • Lee Iacocca
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    “The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.”
  • Elias Canetti
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    “When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.”
  • Anatole France
    Anatole%20France
    “Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.”
  • Robert Frost
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    “Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrítan; Ice. ríta; the original meaning being 'to scratch' (cf. the cog. Ger. reissen, to tear).

Usage

In literature:

I should be very sorry to write down the things he said.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
The spiders write down the names of any of the fly patrol that they may see.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
You ken jest set down with paper an' ink an' things, an' write down how best Zip's kids can be raised.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Better write that down.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
And so, as he walked down towards the Albert Memorial, he made up his mind that he would not write the letter.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
I'll try to remember an' write it down.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
You must write down again for me the route we take to get there.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
You write down who takes out a book, with the day and date and street and number.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
To claim to have learnt nothing from 1792 to 1830 is almost to write yourself down as hopelessly impenetrable.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
When this was done he stared at it for a moment and, unsteadily, handed it to the girl, with the writing down.
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
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In poetry:

Dear sir, thou art not old,
Though half a century now,
May write its ragged wrinkles,
Up and down thy brow.
"Y. M. C. A. Founder. Sir Geo. Williams." by Frank Barbour Coffin
In the still and silent night,
When I sit me down to write,
There is mystery and ease,
In the movement of the keys,
And the smooth and even run
Of my magic Remington.
"My Remington" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
I'd love to listen to each choonful lay
Uv soulful coots who scorn to write fer gain;
To see True Art bloom down in Chowder Bay,
An' Culcher jump the joint in Spadger's Lane.
"A Guide for Poits" by C J Dennis
Pardon, good friends! I am not here to mar
His laureled wreaths with this poor tinseled crown--
This man who taught me how 'twas better far
To be the poem than to write it down.
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
And of His presence be aware,
And by our best His love express;
A gentle word is like a prayer,
A kindly act is holiness:
Don't let God down; let Him prevail
And write his AMEN to our tale.
"God's Battleground" by Robert W Service
Whoever has no house now will not build one anymore.
Whoever is alone now will remain so for a long time,
will stay up, read, write long letters,
and wander the avenues, up and down,
restlessly, while the leaves are blowing.
"Autumn Day" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

JDS Uniphase Will Write Down $44.8 Billion in Assets.
JDS Uniphase , a leading manufacturer of components for telecommunications networks, said yesterday that it was writing down by $44.8 billion the value of companies it had acquired in two years of rapid growth.
GameStop reports big loss on asset write-downs.
HP writes down $9 billion Autonomy debacle.
Just before sitting down to write this, I ate a miniature candy bar.
As I write this, the unemployment rate, though down from its high, is stuck near 10 percent.
Chaney says now instead of getting blood pressure readings and writing them down, those who are certified know exactly what they mean which allows them to better help the patients.
The writing was on the wall for Jason Gesser when Paul Petrino became the new head football coach at Idaho, and that wall has come crashing down on Gesser.
( Disclosure : In January, I was turned down for a part-time freelance research/writing job at Berkman.).
It's such a different dream that you start writing things down.
Last week, members of the Senate Finance Committee voted down two attempts to add a public option to the healthcare bill they were writing.
Congress passed a law exempting from federal income taxes losses caused by home foreclosure and allowed banks to write down such losses.
On this day before Thanksgiving, take a few minutes and write down 10 things you are thankful for this year.
It gets harder and harder each time I sit down to write this column.
Whether I'm cooking, eating out, wondering what to eat, or telling people what to eat, food is a regular subject with me and I've decided that maybe I might try to write some of it down.
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In science:

II we introduce the uniaxial SRBRF model Hamiltonian in the representation of eigenstates of the random interaction and write down the Langevin equations of motion.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics
We are finally able to write down the finite diffeomorphism-induced generator of variations of N , xµ , and pµ in the free relativistic particle case.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity
In what follows we will write down the characteristic polynomial of B .
Harmonic mean, random polynomials and stochastic matrices
Now, we can write down the prediction, filtering, and smoothing equations.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
This can be seen directly by writing down the equation of motion for ˆakm and ˆa† −km and the corresponding eigenvalue equation.
Theory of spin-2 Bose-Einstein condensates: spin-correlations, magnetic response, and excitation spectra
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