writing has definitions from the fields of writing,fine art
[ noun ] (writing) the act of creating written works


"writing was a form of therapy for him" "it was a matter of disputed authorship"

Used in print


The appointment of U_Thant of Burma as the U.N.'s Acting Secretary_General - at this writing , the choice appears to be certain - offers further proof that in politics it is more important to have no influential enemies than to have influential friends .

(High Fidelity, 11:10...)

The many and frequent performances of the Trout serve to emphasize the dual nature of its writing .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

And if I have gone into so much detail about so small a work , that is because it is also so typical a work , representing the germinal form of a conflict which remains essential in Mann 's writing :

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

It was not even in writing Latin epigrams , sometimes bawdy ones , or in translating Lucian from Greek into Latin or in defending the study of Greek against the attack of conservative academics , or in attacking the conservative theologians who opposed Erasmus 's philological study of the New_Testament .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

The careless writing was in keeping with his mood of savage discontent .

[ noun ] (writing) 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" "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

Yet such is the dramatic power of his writing that the audience is nevertheless left in the grip of the terrible power and potency of that which came over Salem .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

I wrote a_few years ago that one of the cardinal rules of writing is that the reader should be able to get some idea of what the story is about .

[ noun ] (usually plural) the collected work of an author


"the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"

Used in print

(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)

Had More 's writings been wholly limited to such exercises , they would be almost as dimly remembered as those of a dozen or_so other authors living in his time , whose works tenuously survive in the minds of the few hundred scholars who each decade in pursuit of their very specialized occasions read those works .

[ noun ] letters or symbols 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"

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Scarcity of paper caused many Southerners to adopt the practice of cross writing , i._e. , after writing from left to right of the page in the usual manner , they gave the sheet a half turn and wrote from end to end across the lines previously written .

[ noun ] (writing) the activity of putting something in written form


: "she did the thinking while he did the writing"

Used in print

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

This meant , concretely , that the patient could not read at_all without making writing like movements of the head or body , became easily confused by `` hasher_marks '' inserted between hand-written words and thus confused the mark for one of the letters , and could recognize a simple straight_line or a curved one only by tracing it .

(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

Since writing was practiced in the Aegean before the end of the century , we may hope that the details of tradition will now be occasionally useful .