script

A script is a written version of a play or movie. If you're auditioning for a movie, you'll get the script to practice a scene or two.

Script comes from the Latin scrībĕre, meaning "to write," and all its meanings have to do with something written. Your handwriting is your script. The written version of what you're supposed to say, whether for a wedding toast or a play, is a script. And if you were feeling old-fashioned you could call the grocery list you just wrote a script. It's also a verb. You can script a play.

Definitions of script
  1. noun
    something written by hand
    synonyms: hand, handwriting
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    shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy
    a method of writing rapidly
    cursive, cursive script, longhand, running hand
    rapid handwriting in which letters are set down in full and are cursively connected within words without lifting the writing implement from the paper
    calligraphy, chirography, penmanship
    beautiful handwriting
    cacography, scratch, scrawl, scribble
    poor handwriting
    miniscule, minuscule
    a small cursive script developed from uncial between the 7th and 9th centuries and used in medieval manuscripts
    copperplate
    a graceful style of handwriting based on the writing used on copperplate engravings
    italic
    a style of handwriting with the letters slanting to the right
    round hand
    a clearly written style of longhand with large round curves
    chicken scratch
    cramped or illegible handwriting
    squiggle
    an illegible scrawl
    type of:
    writing
    letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
  2. noun
    a particular orthography or writing system
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    Aramaic, Aramaic script
    an alphabetical (or perhaps syllabic) script used since the 9th century BC to write the Aramaic language; many other scripts were subsequently derived from it
    Avestan
    the script in which the ancient Persian language of the Avesta is written
    Brahmi
    a script (probably adapted from the Aramaic about the 7th century BC) from which later Indian scripts developed
    Devanagari, Devanagari script, Nagari, Nagari script
    a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi
    Pahlavi
    the script (derived from the Aramaic alphabet) used to write the Pahlavi language
    Uighur, Uigur, Uygur
    the script (derived from Aramaic) used to write the Uighur language
    uncial
    a style of orthography characterized by somewhat rounded capital letters; found especially in Greek and Latin manuscripts of the 4th to 8th centuries
    cuneiform
    an ancient wedge-shaped script used in Mesopotamia and Persia
    syllabary, syllabic script
    a writing system whose characters represent syllables
    alphabet
    a character set that includes letters and is used to write a language
    Armenian, Armenian alphabet
    a writing system having an alphabet of 38 letters in which the Armenian language is written
    Babylonian
    the ideographic and syllabic writing system in which the ancient Babylonian language was written
    Devanagari, Devanagari script, Nagari, Nagari script
    a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi
    Latin alphabet, Roman alphabet
    the alphabet evolved by the ancient Romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western Europe
    Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script
    a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
    Greek alphabet
    the alphabet used by ancient Greeks
    Cyrillic, Cyrillic alphabet
    an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and some other Slavic languages)
    Arabic alphabet
    the alphabet of 28 characters derived from Aramaic and used for writing Arabic languages (and borrowed for writing Urdu)
    phonetic alphabet, sound alphabet
    an alphabet of characters intended to represent specific sounds of speech
    finger alphabet, manual alphabet
    an alphabet used by the deaf; letters are represented by finger positions
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    orthography, writing system
    a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
  3. noun
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
    synonyms: book, playscript
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    prompt copy, promptbook
    the copy of the playscript used by the prompter
    continuity
    a detailed script used in making a film in order to avoid discontinuities from shot to shot
    dialog, dialogue
    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
    libretto
    the words of an opera or musical play
    scenario
    an outline or synopsis of a play (or, by extension, of a literary work)
    screenplay
    a script for a film including dialogue and descriptions of characters and sets
    shooting script
    the final detailed script for making a movie or TV program
    teleplay
    a script adapted or written for television
    duologue
    a part of the script in which the speaking roles are limited to two actors
    type of:
    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
  4. verb
    write a script for
    “The playwright scripted the movie”
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    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
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