written language

Definitions of written language
  1. noun
    communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten)
    synonyms: black and white, written communication
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    transcription, written text
    something written, especially copied from one medium to another, as a typewritten version of dictation
    letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
    (usually plural) the collected work of an author
    written instructions from a physician or dentist to a druggist concerning the form and dosage of a drug to be issued to a given patient
    written instructions for an optician on the lenses for a given person
    reading, reading material
    written material intended to be read
    communication by the exchange of letters
    code, codification
    a set of rules or principles or laws (especially written ones)
    the text appearing in a book, newspaper, or other printed publication
    bowdlerisation, bowdlerization
    written material that has been bowdlerized
    (usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action
    a transcription from one alphabet to another
    phonetic transcription
    a transcription intended to represent each distinct speech sound with a separate symbol
    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
    cryptogram, cryptograph, secret writing
    a piece of writing in code or cipher
    patristics, patrology
    the writings of the early Church Fathers
    rescript, revision, rewrite
    something that has been written again
    literary composition, literary work
    imaginative or creative writing
    creative writing of recognized artistic value
    published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
    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)
    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
    capitalisation, capitalization
    writing in capital letters
    typewriting, typing
    writing done with a typewriter
    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)
    writing formed in the sky by smoke released from an airplane
    inscription, lettering
    letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something
    manuscript, ms
    the form of a literary work submitted for publication
    something written by one's own hand
    a formal exposition
    adaptation, retelling, version
    a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form
    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
    a long piece of writing
    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
    bumf, bumph
    reading materials (documents, written information) that you must read and deal with but that you think are extremely boring
    a rectangular piece of stiff paper used to send messages (may have printed greetings or pictures)
    traditional code of the Japanese samurai which stressed courage and loyalty and self-discipline and simple living
    legal code
    a code of laws adopted by a state or nation
    building code
    set of standards established and enforced by local government for the structural safety of buildings
    dress code
    a set of rules specifying the correct manner of dress while on the premises of the institution (or specifying what manner of dress is prohibited)
    fire code
    set of standards established and enforced by government for fire prevention and safety in case of fire as in fire escapes etc
    a code of silence practiced by the Mafia; a refusal to give evidence to the police about criminal activities
    health code, sanitary code
    set of standards established and enforced by government for health requirements as in plumbing etc
    Highway Code
    the code of rules governing the use of public roads
    printing, printing process
    reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication
    fine print, small print
    material printed in small type
    notation, notational system
    a technical system of symbols used to represent special things
    dramatic composition, dramatic work
    a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc.
    a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing
    a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work
    something that has been transcribed; a written record (usually typewritten) of dictated or recorded speech
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    something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
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