• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cursive having successive letter joined together "cursive script"
    • n cursive rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cursive A character used in cursive writing.
    • Cursive A manuscript, especially of the New Testament, written in small, connected characters or in a running hand; -- opposed to uncial.
    • a Cursive Running; flowing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cursive Running; flowing, as writing or manuscript in which the letters are joined one to another, and are formed rapidly without raising the pen, pencil, or stylus; specifically, in paleography, modified from the capital or uncial form, so as to assume a form analogous to that used in modern running hand: as, the cursive style; cursive letters; cursive manuscripts. Greek cursive writing is found in papyri dating back to about 160 b.c., at first very similar to the lapidary and uncial characters of the same period, but gradually becoming more rounded in form and negligent in style. The epithet cursive is, however, most frequently applied to the later cursive or minuscule writing from the ninth century on. (See minuscule.) The beginning of a Latin cursive character is seen in some waxed tablets discovered in 1875 in the house of L. Cæcilius Jucundus at Pompeii. Forms similar to these also occur in the dipinti and graffiti (characters painted on or incised in walls, earthenware, etc.) of the same place or period. The ancient Latin cursive character known to us in man uscripts from the fourth century on is, however, considerably different from this. In medieval manuscripts the cursive hand was employed from the Merovingian epoch, often in combination with the other contemporary styles; but from the ninth century it was replaced for all careful work by the so-called Caroline and Gothic characters, and continued in use up to the invention of printing only in degenerated form and for writings of small importance or hasty execution. (See manuscript.)
    • n cursive A cursive letter or character: as, a manuscript written in cursives.
    • n cursive A manuscript written in cursive characters.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cursive kur′siv written with a running hand, of handwriting: flowing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. cursivus,: cf. F. cursif, See Cursitor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. cursivus—L. currĕre, to run.


In literature:

The motto is in a cursive hand, apparently of about the time of Edward VI.
"Notes & Queries, No. 44, Saturday, August 31, 1850" by Various
Zora looked inquiringly at Septimus, who explained dis cursively.
"Septimus" by William J. Locke
In cursive Persian the misreading is easy and natural.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
It is too cursive and sparkling; and the upper strokes are uniformly too thin.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
In both the uncial and the cursive manuscripts, each century has its peculiar style of writing.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
Image was obliged perpetually to conciliate eyes used to the later cursive forms, and the result is too obviously eclectic.
"A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898" by Henry R. Plomer
The individual letters of this "Cursive" may be more easily studied in 84.
"Letters and Lettering" by Frank Chouteau Brown
This is the reading of all the uncials but eight, of all the cursives but fifteen.
"The Causes of the Corruption of the Traditional Text of the Holy Gospels" by John Burgon
There must have been a large class of hack-copyists practiced in forming characters both uncial and cursive.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
On the side, in cursive script, was the plane's name: Suzanne.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow

In news:

Students, keep practicing those swirly letters: State lawmakers say they feel so strongly that kids should know how to write in cursive that they'll push to keep it in schools next year.
Debate on whether cursive writing should still be taught.
There is something special about writing in cursive .
It's official: Cursive is no longer required in Georgia schools.
No cursive , no penmanship.
Writing in cursive may soon be a thing of the past.
Is cursive still important to teach kids.
According to the Indiana Department of Education, cursive is becoming obsolete.
Chris Hondros, Getty ImagesAccording to the Indiana Department of Education, cursive is becoming obsolete.
In a memo sent to school leaders in the state, it was recommended that schools stop teaching cursive , and instead use that time to make its students more proficient in keyboard use.
Aalijsha Murray, left, and Memphis Bancroft, fourth graders at Grant Elementary, write letters in cursive .
Debate over teaching cursive handwriting grows.
David Bluhm's third graders at the Christ Household of Faith School in St Paul, Minnesota have been practicing their cursive handwriting all year.
Bluhm's students are so good at cursive one is even a state handwriting champion.
For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art.

In science:

If any of the child buffers now has less than m/4 blocks of elements, FILLBUFFER is re cursively executed on the child buffer.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
This is a most unfortunate choice of letter, which we write here in cursive form to distinguish it from the Hubbard-U energy – positive and negative.
Examination of the claim by Loram and Tallon that the energy-resolved STM results, in their apparent inhomogeneity, misrepresent the true bulk behaviour of the HTSC cuprates