• Public writer. Neapolitan group
    Public writer. Neapolitan group
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n writer writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
    • n writer a person who is able to write and has written something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An etiquette writer of the 1840's advised, "Ladies may wipe their lips on the tablecloth, but not blow their noses on it."
    • Writer A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East India Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor.
    • Writer One who is engaged in literary composition as a profession; an author; as, a writer of novels. "This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile."
    • Writer One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. "They [came] that handle the pen of the writer .""My tongue is the pen of a ready writer ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Church of Scientology was founded in 1953, at Washington DC, by US science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.
    • n writer A person who understands or practises the art of writing; one who is able to write; a penman.
    • n writer One who does writing as a business; a professional scribe, scrivener, or amanuensis: used specifically in England of clerks to the former East India Company, and of temporary copying clerks in government offices; in Scotland, loosely, of law agents, solicitors, attorneys, etc., and sometimes of their principal clerks.
    • n writer A person who writes what he composes in his mind; the author of a written paper or of writings; an author in general; a literary producer of any kind: as, the writer of a letter; a writer of history or of fiction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the very beginning of The Wizard of Oz is black and white, is because color was not available at that point. When color was available, the writers decided to start using it in Munchkinland.
    • ns Writer one who writes: a professional scribe or clerk: an ordinary legal practitioner in Scotch country towns: an author: a petty officer in the United States navy who keeps the watch-muster and other books of the ship—usually Ship-writer:—fem. Wrī′teress (rare)
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  • Gore Vidal
    “Some writers take to drink, others take to audiences.”
  • Flannery O'Connor
    Flannery O'Connor
    “I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.”
  • Thomas Berger
    Thomas Berger
    “Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
  • Clifton Fadiman
    Clifton Fadiman
    “There are two kinds of writers; the great ones who can give you truths, and the lessor ones, who can only give you themselves.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “The writer must write what he has to say, not speak it.”


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


In literature:

Is not this enough to make a writer never be tender of another's character or fame?
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
Few indeed are the writers of whom so much can be said, and fewer still the miscellaneous writers, among whom De Quincey must be classed.
"Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860" by George Saintsbury
The writer would like to touch upon many other points suggested by Doctor Speek's excellent report.
"A Stake in the Land" by Peter Alexander Speek
The work of the editorial writers is explained by their name.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
And like the play and the essay in those earlier times, the novel now attracts writers who have no great natural gift for the form.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
This was the case with the writer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Burke was so far from being a gaudy or flowery writer, that he was one of the severest writers we have.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
If the writer meant that he (God) buried him, how should he (the writer) know it?
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The earnestness which sees an apostle in a writer has not ceased to grow and has almost blinded the public.
"Contemporary Russian Novelists" by Serge Persky
The misconceptions that cluster about realism the dogma affect adversely both the writer of long fiction and the writer of short fiction.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst

In poetry:

There are writers great and writers small
And writers on the spree;
And writers short and writers tall,
And bards of low degree.
"Caricatures " by Henry Lawson
The laird, the shirra, and the doctor,
And twa-three lords o' high degree;
Wi' heaps o' writers I could mention,
Surely, sirs, it is no me!
"The Heiress" by Carolina Oliphant
But haply all in vain—the next
Two words may be so long before
They'll come, the writer, sore perplext,
Gives in despair the matter o'er;
"The Young Letter Writer" by Charles Lamb
There's many a reader whom your silver songs
And crystal stories cheer in loneliness.
What though the newer writers come in throngs?
You're sure to keep your charm of only-ness.
"Thomas Bailey Aldrich" by Henry Van Dyke
Let him not meet it, my Luigi—do not
Go to his City! Putting crime aside,
Half of these ills of Italy are feigned:
Your Pellicos and writers for effect,
Write for effect.
"Pippa Passes: Part III: Evening" by Robert Browning
Sing the song of the reckless, who care not what they do;
Sing the song of a sinner and the song of a writer, too—
Down in a pub in the alleys, in a dark and dirty hole,
With every soul a drunkard and the boss with never a soul.
"Written Out [1]" by Henry Lawson

In news:

As a food and travel writer, I rely on my blog as my lifeline.
Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, July 20, 2010.
Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, June 17, 2010.
There are as many approaches to the writing process as there are writers.
Herald High School Writer Mike Phillips.
Is a freelance writer based in Chicago.
Guest post by Laura McKenna, former political science professor, blogger, and freelance writer.
Chloe Angyal is a freelance writer and an editor at Feministing.
My favorite writers — journalists, poets and songwriters alike — tell it like it is.
S IRENE VIRBILA is a writer living in Oakland, Calif Published: January 31, 1988.
On any given day at the Sherman Café you can watch a passing parade of poets and writers while sipping your morning cup of java.
Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
There's not a smarter, cleverer writer alive than Martin Amis .
Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer, Scott Peterson, Staff writer.
Anna Louie Sussman is a New York-based freelance writer for major US magazines and newspapers, and the senior editor and writer for womenintheworld.org.

In science:

On the right we plot the index of the writer over the first 1000 time steps.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
Here X t is the writer vertex on time step t and Gt is the colored trinet on time step t.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
We can show H ∗ is equivalent to H (T + 1) by explicitly constructing an isomorphism f from H ∗ to H (T + 1) which preserves the position of the writer and the colors of the edges.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
Here ub , ug and ur denote the vertices which are linked to the writer by edges of colors blue, green and red, respectively.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems
Our method of proof will be to convert the system into a one dimensional rewrite system, and then derive a formula for the type ρ(X t )Gt of the writer vertex at time t.
Complex Networks from Simple Rewrite Systems