writing

Writing is the act of putting pen to paper...or fingers to keyboard...or even thumbs to phone pad. Any time you record language in script, whether that's a tweet or the next great American novel, you're writing.

If you promise your first-born son to the strange lady next door, she might say, "put it in writing," which means she's probably not a witch and relies on the law to get things done, because things written down are more binding than mere speech. You can also use writing to refer to the collected work of a single author or group. You might adore the writing of Mark Twain. Or do you prefer writing about vampires?

Definitions of writing
  1. noun
    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”
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    orthography, writing system
    a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
    coding system
    a system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages
    capitalisation, capitalization
    writing in capital letters
    typewriting, typing
    writing done with a typewriter
    printing
    text handwritten in the style of printed matter
    hand, handwriting, script
    something written by hand
    hieroglyph, hieroglyphic
    writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)
    skywriting
    writing formed in the sky by smoke released from an airplane
    printing, printing process
    reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
    notation, notational system
    a technical system of symbols used to represent special things
    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
    script
    a particular orthography or writing system
    spelling
    forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage
    code
    a coding system used for transmitting messages requiring brevity or secrecy
    code, computer code
    (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions
    picture writing
    a writing system using pictographs
    alphabetic script, alphabetic writing
    a writing system based on alphabetic characters
    boustrophedon
    an ancient writing system: having alternate lines written in opposite directions; literally `as the ox ploughs'
    ideography
    the use of ideograms in writing
    hieroglyph, hieroglyphic
    a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
    point system
    a system of writing or printing using patterns of raised dots that can be read by touch
    double-spacing
    typing that leaves alternate lines blank
    single-spacing
    typing that does not leave lines blank
    triple-spacing
    typing that leaves two lines blank between lines of typing
    touch system, touch typing
    typewriting in which the fingers are trained to hit particular keys; typist can read and type at the same time
    calligraphy, chirography, penmanship
    beautiful handwriting
    cacography, scratch, scrawl, scribble
    poor handwriting
    composition, typography
    art and technique of printing with movable type
    letterpress, relief printing
    printing from a plate with raised characters
    gravure, intaglio, intaglio printing
    a printing process that uses an etched or engraved plate; the plate is smeared with ink and wiped clean, then the ink left in the recesses makes the print
    process printing
    a method of printing colored reproductions from halftone plates
    planographic printing, planography
    the process of printing from a surface on which the printing areas are not raised but are ink-receptive (as opposed to ink repellent)
    offset, offset printing
    a plate makes an inked impression on a rubber-blanketed cylinder, which in turn transfers it to the paper
    carbon process
    a process of printing on paper coated with bichromated gelatin containing pigment
    mathematical notation
    a notation used by mathematicians
    musical notation
    (music) notation used by musicians
    choreography
    a notation used by choreographers
    chemical notation
    a notation used by chemists to express technical facts in chemistry
    type of:
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  2. noun
    the activity of putting something in written form
    “she did the thinking while he did the writing
    synonyms: committal to writing
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    coding, cryptography, secret writing, steganography
    act of writing in code or cipher
    handwriting
    the activity of writing by hand
    inscription
    the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words
    notation
    the activity of representing something by a special system of marks or characters
    superscription
    the activity of superscribing
    stenography
    the act or art of writing in shorthand
    subscription
    the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document)
    encoding, encryption
    the activity of converting data or information into code
    recoding
    converting from one code to another
    decipherment, decoding, decryption
    the activity of making clear or converting from code into plain text
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  3. noun
    the act of creating written works
    writing was a form of therapy for him”
    synonyms: authorship, composition, penning
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    adoxography
    fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects
    drafting
    writing a first version to be filled out and polished later
    dramatisation, dramatization
    conversion into dramatic form
    fabrication, fictionalisation, fictionalization
    writing in a fictional form
    historiography
    the writing of history
    metrification
    writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition)
    novelisation, novelization
    converting something into the form of a novel
    redaction
    the act of putting something in writing
    lexicography
    the act of writing dictionaries
    versification
    the art or practice of writing verse
    type of:
    verbal creation
    creating something by the use of speech and language
  4. noun
    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”
    synonyms: piece of writing, written material
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    Ayurveda
    (Sanskrit) an ancient medical treatise summarizing the Hindu art of healing and prolonging life; sometimes regarded as a 5th Veda
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    bowdlerisation, bowdlerization
    written material that has been bowdlerized
    title
    (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
    cryptogram, cryptograph, secret writing
    a piece of writing in code or cipher
    rescript, revision, rewrite
    something that has been written again
    literary composition, literary work
    imaginative or creative writing
    literature
    creative writing of recognized artistic value
    literature
    published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
    matter
    written works (especially in books or magazines)
    criticism, literary criticism
    a written evaluation of a work of literature
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
    paragraph
    one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line
    diary, journal
    a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations
    inscription, lettering
    letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
    manuscript, ms
    the form of a literary work submitted for publication
    autograph
    something written by one's own hand
    treatise
    a formal exposition
    adaptation, version
    a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form
    essay
    an analytic or interpretive literary composition
    editing, redaction
    putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form
    religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing
    writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity
    screed
    a long piece of writing
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
    dithyramb
    a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
    plagiarism
    a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
    transcript
    something that has been transcribed; a written record (usually typewritten) of dictated or recorded speech
    lead, lead-in, lede
    the introductory section of a story
    historiography
    a body of historical literature
    acrostic
    verse in which certain letters such as the first in each line form a word or message
    belles lettres, belles-lettres
    creative writing valued for esthetic content
    dialog, dialogue
    a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
    fiction
    a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact
    fictionalisation, fictionalization
    a literary work based partly or wholly on fact but written as if it were fiction
    explication de texte
    a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
    textual criticism
    comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity
    new criticism
    literary criticism based on close analysis of the text
    analysis
    a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
    hagiology
    literature narrating the lives (and legends) of the saints
    lucubration
    a solemn literary work that is the product of laborious cogitation
    pastoral
    a literary work idealizing the rural life (especially the life of shepherds)
    poem, verse form
    a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines
    canto
    a major division of a long poem
    potboiler
    a literary composition of poor quality that was written quickly to make money (to boil the pot)
    tushery
    writing of poor quality; characterized by affected choice of archaic words
    dictation
    matter that has been dictated and transcribed; a dictated passage
    text, textual matter
    the words of something written
    text
    the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.)
    typescript
    typewritten matter especially a typewritten copy of a manuscript
    front matter, prelims
    written matter preceding the main text of a book
    back matter, end matter
    written matter following the main text of a book
    soft copy
    (computer science) matter that is in a form that a computer can store or display it on a computer screen
    hard copy
    (computer science) matter that is held in a computer and is typed or printed on paper
    above
    an earlier section of a written text
    sports section
    the section of a newspaper that reports on sports
    article, clause
    a separate section of a legal document (as a statute or contract or will)
    book
    a major division of a long written composition
    chapter
    a subdivision of a written work; usually numbered and titled
    episode
    a brief section of a literary or dramatic work that forms part of a connected series
    spot
    a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
    spot
    a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
    insert
    a folded section placed between the leaves of another publication
    introduction
    the first section of a communication
    narration
    (rhetoric) the second section of an oration in which the facts are set forth
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
    addendum, postscript, supplement
    textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end
    passage
    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
    blog, web log
    an online journal where people can post entries about their experiences
    superscription
    an inscription written above something else
    epigraph
    an engraved inscription
    epitaph
    an inscription on a tombstone or monument in memory of the person buried there
    holograph, manuscript
    handwritten book or document
    modernisation, modernization
    a modernized version (as of a play)
    dissertation, thesis
    a treatise advancing a new point of view resulting from research; usually a requirement for an advanced academic degree
    pamphlet, tract
    a brief treatise on a subject of interest; published in the form of a booklet
    monograph
    a detailed and documented treatise on a particular subject
    composition, paper, report, theme
    an essay (especially one written as an assignment)
    disquisition
    an elaborate analytical or explanatory essay or discussion
    memoir
    an essay on a scientific or scholarly topic
    thanatopsis
    an essay expressing a view on the subject of death
    critical review, critique, review, review article
    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
    copy editing
    putting something into a form suitable for a printer
    cut, deletion, excision
    the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
    correction
    something substituted for an error
    revising, rewriting
    editing that involves writing something again
    sacred scripture, scripture
    any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
    Bible, Book, Christian Bible, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word, Word of God
    the sacred writings of the Christian religions
    mezuza, mezuzah
    religious texts from Deuteronomy inscribed on parchment and rolled up in a case that is attached to the doorframe of many Jewish households in accordance with Jewish law
    Paralipomenon
    (Old Testament) an obsolete name for the Old Testament books of I Chronicles and II Chronicles which were regarded as supplementary to Kings
    Testament
    either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible
    Gospel, Gospels, evangel
    the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings
    Synoptic Gospels, Synoptics
    the first three Gospels which describe events in Christ's life from a similar point of view
    prayer
    a fixed text used in praying
    service book
    a book setting forth the forms of church service
    Apocrypha
    14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
    sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature
    any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom
    Pseudepigrapha
    52 texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 but ascribed to various prophets and kings in the Hebrew scriptures; many are apocalyptic in nature
    sura
    one of the sections (or chapters) in the Koran
    Talmudic literature
    (Judaism) ancient rabbinical writings
    Sanskrit literature
    Hindu literature written in Sanskrit
    Veda, Vedic literature
    (from the Sanskrit word for `knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads
    mantra
    (Sanskrit) literally a `sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns
    psalm
    any sacred song used to praise the deity
    ballot
    a document listing the alternatives that is used in voting
    brevet
    a document entitling a commissioned officer to hold a higher rank temporarily (but without higher pay)
    capitulation
    a document containing the terms of surrender
    certificate, certification, credential, credentials
    a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
    charter
    a document incorporating an institution and specifying its rights; includes the articles of incorporation and the certificate of incorporation
    commercial document, commercial instrument
    a document of or relating to commerce
    confession
    a written document acknowledging an offense and signed by the guilty party
    copyright, right of first publication
    a document granting exclusive right to publish and sell literary or musical or artistic work
    enclosure, inclosure
    something (usually a supporting document) that is enclosed in an envelope with a covering letter
    form
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right
    papyrus
    a document written on papyrus
    patent, patent of invention
    a document granting an inventor sole rights to an invention
    platform, political platform, political program, program
    a document stating the aims and principles of a political party
    resignation
    a formal document giving notice of your intention to resign
    declaration, resolution, resolve
    a formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote
    source
    a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
    specification
    (patent law) a document drawn up by the applicant for a patent of invention that provides an explicit and detailed description of the nature and use of an invention
    voucher
    a document that serves as evidence of some expenditure
    exposition
    (music) the section of a movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes first occur
    obbligato, obligato
    a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
    drama, dramatic play, play
    a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage
    act
    a subdivision of a play or opera or ballet
    scene
    a subdivision of an act of a play
    book, playscript, script
    a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance
    recapitulation
    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) in which musical themes that were introduced earlier are repeated
    development
    (music) the section of a composition or movement (especially in sonata form) where the major musical themes are developed and elaborated
    versification
    a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)
    report, study, written report
    a written document describing the findings of some individual or group
    recitation
    written matter that is recited from memory
    canon
    a set group of works that are considered to be high quality and representative of a field
    romance
    a medieval narrative about the adventures of a chivalric hero
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    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
  5. noun
    (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    “the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings
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    patristics, patrology
    the writings of the early Church Fathers
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    body of work, oeuvre, work
    the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it)
    black and white, written communication, written language
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
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