write

Definitions

  • Si Writes to 'deer Annie.' 085
    Si Writes to 'deer Annie.' 085
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v write communicate or express by writing "Please write to me every week"
    • v write record data on a computer "boot-up instructions are written on the hard disk"
    • v write communicate (with) in writing "Write her soon, please!"
    • v write communicate by letter "He wrote that he would be coming soon"
    • v write mark or trace on a surface "The artist wrote Chinese characters on a big piece of white paper","Russian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet"
    • v write create code, write a computer program "She writes code faster than anybody else"
    • v write produce a literary work "She composed a poem","He wrote four novels"
    • v write write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word) "He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
    • v write write music "Beethoven composed nine symphonies"
    • v write have (one's written work) issued for publication "How many books did Georges Simenon write?","She published 25 books during her long career"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Army Writing-desk 087 An Army Writing-desk 087
Writing Desk Made of Plain-Sawed Oak Writing Desk Made of Plain-Sawed Oak
Detail of the Writing Desk Detail of the Writing Desk
THE MASTER OF THE GULL LIGHTSHIP WRITING THE LOG THE MASTER OF THE GULL LIGHTSHIP WRITING THE LOG
Mis Ribby writes an invitation Mis Ribby writes an invitation
I can write my name on the piano I can write my name on the piano
Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string Our racing correspondent writes that Mr. LLOYD GEORGE is having some difficulty with his string

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lipogram refers to writing that does not have certain letter or letters
    • Write 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."
    • Write To be regularly employed or occupied in writing, copying, or accounting; to act as clerk or amanuensis; as, he writes in one of the public offices.
    • Write To compose or send letters. "He wrote for all the Jews that went out of his realm up into Jewry concerning their freedom."
    • Write To form characters, letters, or figures, as representative of sounds or ideas; to express words and sentences by written signs. "So it stead you, I will write ,
      Please you command."
    • Write To frame or combine ideas, and express them in written words; to play the author; to recite or relate in books; to compose. "They can write up to the dignity and character of the authors."
    • Write To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave; as, truth written on the heart.
    • Write 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."
    • Write 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."
    • Write 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Leonard da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
    • write To trace or form upon the surface of some material (a significant character or characters, especially characters constituting or representing words); set down, in a manner adapted for reading, with a pen, pencil, style, or anything with which marks can be made; inscribe: as, to write a word on paper; to write one's name with the finger in sand.
    • write To cover with writing; trace readable characters over the surface of.
    • write To express or communicate in writing; give a written account of; make a record of, as something known, thought, or believed: as, to write one's observations; he wrote down all he could remember. Sometimes, in this and the next sense, the verb is followed by a dative without its sign: as, write me all the news.
    • write To set forth as an author, or produce in writing, either by one's own or another's hand; compose and produce as an author.
    • write To designate by writing; style or entitle in writing; record: with an objective word or phrase.
    • write To record; set down legibly; engrave.
    • write To write in depreciation of; injure by writing against: as, to write down a play or a financial undertaking; to write down an actor or a candidate.
    • write To exhaust the capacity or resources of by excessive writing: used refiexively: as, that author has written himself out.
    • write To attempt to elevate in estimation or credit by favorable writing; commend to the public; puff: as, to write up a new play or a candidate.
    • write To be acquainted with or practise the art of writing; engage in the formation of written words or characters, either occasionally or as an occupation: as, to write in school; to write as a lawyer's clerk.
    • write To express ideas in writing; practise written composition; work as an author, or engage in authorship.
    • write To conduct epistolary correspondence; communicate by means of letter-writing; convey information by letter or the like: as, to write to a distant friend; write as soon as you arrive.
    • n write Writing: chiefly in the phrase hand of write.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word 'geography' is derived from the greek words geo (the Earth) and graphein (to write).
    • v.t Write rīt to form letters with a pen or pencil: to express in writing: to compose: to engrave: to record: to communicate by letter
    • v.i Write to perform the act of writing: to be employed as a clerk: to compose books: to send letters: to practise the art of writing: to work as an author: to compose a letter:—pr.p. wrī′ting; pa.t. wrōte; pa.p. writ′ten
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Quotations

  • Havelock Ellis
    Havelock%20Ellis
    “Every artist writes his own autobiography.”
  • Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
    Madame Chiang Kai-Shek
    “We write our own destiny; we become what we do.”
  • Flannery O'Connor
    Flannery O'Connor
    “I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.”
  • Heywood Broun
    Heywood%20Broun
    “Write the news as if your very life depended on it. It does!”
  • Thomas Berger
    Thomas Berger
    “Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.”

Idioms

Nothing to write home about - Something that is not special or good is nothing to write home about.
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Write your own ticket - If you write your own ticket, you control the terms and conditions for something and have them exactly the way you want.
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Writing on the wall - If the writing's on the wall for something, it is doomed to fail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. writen, AS. wrītan,; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS. wrītan, to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten, to tear, to rend, G. reissen, OHG. rīzan, Icel. rīta, to write, Goth. writs, a stroke, dash, letter. Cf. Race tribe, lineage

Usage

In literature:

Then she admitted it in so many words: she could not write, she never could write.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Write either "Dr. Herbert Reynolds" or "Herbert Reynolds, M.D.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
I have scarcely time to write to all those who are willing first to write to me.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
He has not yet really settled what story he will write, but only what sort of story he will write.
"Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens" by G. K. Chesterton
Grandmother exacted from me a promise to write a diary of all that happened about us, and to send the same to her at the end of each month.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
Reminiscences of his life there repeatedly crop up in Erasmus's writings.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
But to be writing a book!
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
But I will write to him before I go to bed.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
Practically every type of writing can be placed in one of them.
"The Detection of Forgery" by Douglas Blackburn
It does not seem a tithe of what I might have written, or of what I meant to write.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I didn't write it, nor do I want it acted.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
On a writing-slab in it, which pulls out when wanted, I now write in a majestic manner.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
You will forgive my writing this, because I write it exactly as I write my cordial little tribute to the high merits of your book.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
Just as much alertness and just as much ability to write are required of him.
"Newspaper Reporting and Correspondence" by Grant Milnor Hyde
Here, on the morning after he had dined with Jane Holland, he sat down to write.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Success in life is not to be won by writing Greek verses; not though you write ever so many.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
If you have any justice in you, write to me and tell me that I am right.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Why did you two write and go on writing?
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
I have hardly any time for writing, but shall find it to write to you.
"Records of Later Life" by Frances Ann Kemble
Burke's writings are better than his speeches, and indeed his speeches are writings.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
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In poetry:

I AM a young girl;
I live here alone:
I write long letters
But there is no one
"Young Girl: Annam" by Padraic Colum
"I write about the butterfly,
It is a pretty thing;
And flies about like the birds,
But it does not sing.
"I Write About The Butterfly" by Louisa May Alcott
'Tis a gift from God's own hand.
On its pure unsullied page
Let us write at his command
What will bless our pilgrimage.
"Daybreak" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Eagerly he grasped the writing;
"I am free!" at last he said.
Backward fell upon the pillow,
He was free among the dead.
"A Little Child Shall Lead Them" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
For voices pursue him by day,
And haunt him by night,
And he listens, and needs must obey,
When the Angel says: "Write!"
"Ultima Thule: The Poet And His Songs" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The daughter of a neighbouring Knight
Did my fond heart engage,
And ne'er did Heaven the virtues write
Upon a fairer page.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More

In news:

"Write to a soldier and cheer them up," said Mrs Larsen, while coordinating a holiday writing campaign for her fourth-grade class.
How do you approach writing for an Eclipse record as opposed to writing for Jimi Jamison.
Why write 900 words if you can write 1500.
You know what's even better than writing blogs, writing them twice.
I might write about anything, from personal experience, to municipal policymaking or national issues, but I write about it from my heart to your heart , because that's where it matters.
I write in connection with the recent correspondence regarding the ongoing planning difficulties concerning John Lewis at Sprucefield (Write Back, October 5/8).
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro announced he's going to pursue his love of writing by putting pen to paper, and writing an autobiography.
We're told to write from our heart and to write what we know.
He only listens to tunes when he's writing and, ah, when he isn't writing.
The group is for all people who write or have always wanted to write.
Oregon's Poet Laureate, Paulann Petersen, brings her love of poetry and other writing to an afternoon creative writing workshop and an evening of poetry reading on Tuesday, Oct 30.
Prentice hall writing coach is a digital grammar and writing program for grades six through 12.
For her creative writing, Miranda has won two Champions after-school writing awards.
Normally when I write, I like to write in complete silence.
There was a qualified write-in candidate in this race and it took some additional time to certify the write-in votes.
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In science:

We write x ∼ y if |x − y | = 1, and we write hx, y i for the corresponding edge.
Rigidity of the interface for percolation and random-cluster models
Thus we write Gn instead of G (n, ℓn ), and write En (Ck ) instead of En,ℓn (Ck ).
The Expected Size of the Rule k Dominating Set
Write R+ for the set of positive roots (relative to B ), and let R∨ = {α∨ | α ∈ R} be the dual root system of R, where for each α ∈ R we write α∨ = 2α .
Isotropic random walks on affine buildings
Complex plane Write ϕ(z ) = λz + α, where α ∈ C , |λ| = 1. • Sphere Write ϕ(z ) = αz+β , where α, β ∈ C, |α|2 + |β |2 = 1.
Zeros of Random Analytic Functions
In each small diamond in the envelope so created write the generator corresponding to that position (writing es in the centre ‘half–diamonds’).
Pascal's triangle and word bases for blob algebra ideals
If q is a subpath of p, we write q (cid:22) p, and if, in addition, q 6= p, we write q ≺ p.
Prime path coalgebras
By hypothesis, we can write x = 1 + t with t > 0 and xn = (1 + t)n = Write P (n) = (cid:80) aini .
Global analytic geometry
Whenever, given x, y ∈ X , there exists n ∈ N such that kn xy > 0 we write x → y ; if x → y and y → x then we write x ↔ y .
Characterization of the critical values of branching random walks on weighted graphs through infinite-type branching processes
For A, B subsets of E or Zd+1 we write A + B for the set of elements of the form x + y , with x in A and y in B , and d(A, B ) = inf {|x − y |∞ , x ∈ A, y ∈ B} for the mutual ℓ∞ -distance of A and B ; when A = {x} is a singleton, we simply write d(x, B ).
Random Walks on Discrete Cylinders and Random Interlacements
For the sake of simplicity, we will not write the canonical isomorphisms used at every step and will just write equalities.
A chain morphism for Adams operations on rational algebraic K-theory
We will write bd(a, b) for the relative distance between two group elements a and b, and we will also write bd(A, B ) for the smallest distance between two sets A and B .
Random Heegaard splittings
We will write w for an element of the path space GZ+ , which we shall call a sample path, and we will write wn for the n-th coordinate of w, so wn is the position of the sample path at time n.
Random Heegaard splittings
We shall write bd(a, b) for the distance between points a and b in X , and if A and B are subsets of X we shall write bd(A, B ) for the infimum of the distance between any pair of points a ∈ A and b ∈ B .
Random Heegaard splittings
Then Solve writes FORM code for loading the system of equations, and Maple’s output is used to write code to substitute the identity (4.28) into all others.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors
If pq = 0, we write [[a, b]] = [a, b], and if pq = 1, we write [[a, b]] = {a, b}.
Three-algebras, triple systems and 3-graded Lie superalgebras
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