writing

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writing the activity of putting something in written form "she did the thinking while he did the writing"
    • n writing the act of creating written works "writing was a form of therapy for him","it was a matter of disputed authorship"
    • n writing 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"
    • n writing 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"
    • n writing (usually plural) the collected work of an author "the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
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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
    • Writing An inscription.
    • Writing Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like.
    • Writing Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book; as, the writings of Addison.
    • Writing Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters
    • Writing Handwriting; chirography.
    • Writing 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Author Dr. Seuss wrote the book "Green Eggs and Ham" because the editor made him a bet that he could not write a book, which contained less than fifty words
    • n writing The recording of words or sounds in significant characters; in the most general sense, any use of or method of using letters or other conventional symbols of uttered sounds for the visible preservation or transmission of ideas; specifically, as distinguished from printing, stamping, incision, etc., the act or art of tracing graphic signs by hand on paper, parchment, or any other material, with a pen and ink, style, pencil, or any other instrument; also, the written characters or words; handwriting; chirography.
    • n writing The state of being written; recorded form or expression: as, to put a proposition in writing; to commit one's thoughts to writing. In law the expressions in writing and written are often construed to include printed matter as well as manuscript.
    • n writing That which is written, or in a written state; a record made by hand in any way; a paper or instrument wholly or partly in manuscript; an inscription.
    • n writing A production of the pen in general; a literary or other composition; any expression of thought in visible words; a scripture.
    • n writing The expression of thought by written words; the use of the pen in conveying ideas; literary production.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leonard da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.
    • Writing the forming letters with a pen or pencil: that which is written: literary production
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Quotations

  • Havelock Ellis
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    “Every artist writes his own autobiography.”
  • Oscar Wilde
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    “Anybody can make history. Only a great man can write it.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
  • A. J. Liebling
    A. J. Liebling
    “I can write better than anybody who can write faster, and I can write faster than anybody who can write better.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “Easy writings curse is hard reading.”
  • Gloria Steinem
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    “Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.”

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

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:

Fine writing may be a fine thing, but true writing is a finer.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The writing of my advertisement cost me a great deal of trouble.
"The House of Martha" by Frank R. Stockton
Write a long letter next time and I'll write you ditto.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
No wonder Sir Lionel didn't write to the child, or want her to write to him, or send her photograph, or anything!
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The one thing which he did not do was to write.
"James Fenimore Cooper" by Thomas R. Lounsbury
He writes to me often, and I write to him, and he gives really the fairest and most impartial advice possible.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
Now you can write no more, you must write the history of an angel!
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
These facts are expressed by writing the formulas for the two substances with a period between them.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
And yet, under this head, my position is such that I neither dare write what I think, nor choose to write what I don't think.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is when a writer is so completely carried away with his subject that he cannot help writing, that he writes naturally.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
The reason is that, to succeed in this work, a man or a woman must be able to gather news and to write.
"Practical English Composition: Book II." by Edwin L. Miller
However, I have long been intending to write: nay, actually did write half a Letter which I mislaid.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald to Fanny Kemble (1871-1883)" by Edward FitzGerald
I seemed to have so many things to write about and writing was so difficult.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
As soon as he ceases to write trifles, he begins to write lies; and such lies!
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
She meant to write and write and write until she acquired power of expression.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
What I write is pure nature, and my pen and my soul have ever gone together.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
If he wants to write, he'll write.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The Warden made no reply, he merely moved the lamp very slightly nearer to the writing pad in front of him.
"The New Warden" by Mrs. David G. Ritchie
Will you send upstairs for my writing-desk?
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
Write, or don't write, as it suits you.
"Miss Eden's Letters" by Emily Eden
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In poetry:

"Master," said the dying bondman,
"Home and friends I soon shall see;
But before I reach my country,
Master write that I am free;
"The Dying Bondman" by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
And now, my cousin fair, adieu,
My promise I have somehow kept,
That I would write a line for you,
I hope you will these lines accept.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
Are you, too, longing for a sign,
Yet fear to stretch a hand for mine?
What other am I writing to?
Then speak—I want a word from you.
"Open Speech" by John Le Gay Brereton
Sinne being gone, oh fill the place,
And keep possession with thy grace;
Lest sinne take courage and return,
And all the writings blot or burn.
"Good Friday" by George Herbert
`What though I write farewell I could
Not utter, lest your gaze should chide,
'Twill by your love be understood
My love is still, dear, at your side.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
You will print such books as these?
Then you're lost, my friend, that's certain.
If you wish for gold and honor,
Write more humbly—bend your knees!
"A Warning" by Heinrich Heine

In news:

Writing Against Time , Valiantly.
Writing on Grantland today, Steve Kerr -- whose post-column bio might be my favorite of all-time -- proves that notion a fallacy.
As I write this, it is Clint Eastwood's 81st birthday.
Since 1987, a man has been picketing, calling and writing letters to Melvin Sembler, the US ambassador to Italy.
Cory Turner is an Algiers resident who writes about events of community interest.
He writes a column three days a week, and has a weekly radio program on WCCO830 at 10 am Sundays.
Juanita Garrison of Denver Downs Farm writes about gardening for the Independent Mail.
I think of writing stories as going south and writing essays as going north.
I need to write a request-for-payment-plan letter to my homeowners association, but I don't know how to write an effective one.
We knew that James Bobin would return to write and direct, with writing assistance from Nicholas Stoller, and we knew that the sequel would be Jason Segel-free.
My daughter has an assignment every week where she has to write a letter to a family member, and then the selected family member writes back.
It allows users to write or type notes, draw or write on photos, and draw or write on diagrams.
You can write for our Viewer's Voice opinion page, write articles about your favorite sports team, even write movie, music and restaurant reviews.
The Writer magazine offers advice and instruction on the craft of writing , author interviews, getting published and freelance writing , plus writing markets in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and writing for children.
Another customer pledges, "I will use your essay writing service again, and leave the essay writing to the professionals.".
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In science:

For a vector x, we write xi to denote its ith entry, and we write x ≥ 0 (x > 0) to denote that all its entries are nonnegative (positive).
On Approximations and Ergodicity Classes in Random Chains
Since by Wedderburn’s theorem [9, Theorem 2.1.3] we may write A as EndD V for V a vector space over a division algebra D , we may write any central simple algebra with involution (A, σ) as (EndD V , τh ) where h is a hermitian form over (D , θ) and θ is an involution whose restriction to K is σ .
Zero Cycles of Degree One on Principal Homogeneous Spaces
We shall also write A ≤ A′ for the weak order applied to alcoves, and write A ⋖ A′ for the cover relations.
The shape of a random affine Weyl group element, and random core partitions
Each time Tk performs a write to a t-ob ject Xi , it adds Xi to its write set and returns ok.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
Each time Tk performs a write to a t-ob ject Xi , it adds Xi to its write set and returns ok.
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
Thus, isC ontended(Xj ) returns true to pi because pk writes to rkj (Line 8) before writing to LAk (Line 11).
On the Cost of Concurrency in Transactional Memory
An operation that causes a non-trivial state change allocates a new block (line 8), writes the new state to that block (line 9), and writes the address of that block to C ur (line 10).
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
If p ∈ W , then op p is a write that was overwritten by the operation op q of some other process q (recall that p’s write was scheduled before any other process took a step).
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
We can achieve this by having processes write their ID into the second component of the pair with each successful write or SC operation.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
To simplify notation, without loss of generality, we may write ϕ and ψ instead of ϕ(K5 ) and ψ (K5 ) , respectively, and we also write C instead of MK5 (C ).
On Local AH algebras
Recall, to simplify notation, that we write ϕ and ψ instead of ϕ(K5 ) and ψ (K5 ) , respectively, and we also write C instead of MK5 (C ).
On Local AH algebras
After a region is mapped, the code can enter either a reading or writing section, where writing sections guarantee exclusive access.
Extending and Implementing the Self-adaptive Virtual Processor for Distributed Memory Architectures
Additionally, let us write Tn (cid:37) T if Tn → T and Tn ⊂ T for each n, and write Tn (cid:38) T if Tn → T and T ⊂ Tn for each n.
On the Spectra and Pseudospectra of a Class of Non-Self-Adjoint Random Matrices and Operators
We will write v : F × → Z for the normalized valuation of F , and we will write v : E× → e(E /F )−1Z for its unique extension to E , where e(E /F ) is the ramification degree of the extension E /F .
Simple wild L-packets
Let us write λ = −c/2 and write β = βc for the corresponding value of β .
Defining SLE in multiply connected domains with the Brownian loop measure
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