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Meaning of "writing" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WRITING

Sense 8: allusion to Daniel 5:5.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WRITING

writing  [ˈraɪtɪŋ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WRITING

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Writing is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES WRITING MEAN IN ENGLISH?

writing

Writing

Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems. As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BCE, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form.

Definition of writing in the English dictionary

The first definition of writing in the dictionary is anything expressed in letters, esp a literary composition. Other definition of writing is the work of a writer. Writing is also literary style, art, or practice.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH WRITING


biting
ˈbaɪtɪŋ
copywriting
ˈkɒpɪˌraɪtɪŋ
exciting
ɪkˈsaɪtɪŋ
fighting
ˈfaɪtɪŋ
freewriting
ˈfriːˌraɪtɪŋ
handwriting
ˈhændˌraɪtɪŋ
inviting
ɪnˈvaɪtɪŋ
lighting
ˈlaɪtɪŋ
newswriting
ˈnjuːzˌraɪtɪŋ
playwriting
ˈpleɪˌraɪtɪŋ
prewriting
priːˈraɪtɪŋ
screenwriting
ˈskriːnraɪtɪŋ
scriptwriting
ˈskrɪptˌraɪtɪŋ
self-righting
ˌsɛlfˈraɪtɪŋ
skywriting
ˈskaɪˌraɪtɪŋ
songwriting
ˈsɒŋˌraɪtɪŋ
Speedwriting
ˈspiːdˌraɪtɪŋ
sportswriting
ˈspɔːtsˌraɪtɪŋ
typewriting
ˈtaɪpˌraɪtɪŋ
underwriting
ˈʌndəˌraɪtɪŋ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WRITING

writer´s block
writer´s cramp
writeress
writerly
writership
writhe
writhen
writher
writhingly
writhled
writing case
writing desk
writing on the wall
writing pad
writing paper
writing room
writing table
Writings
written

WORDS THAT END LIKE WRITING

accounting
auditing
awaiting
backbiting
counterfeiting
creative writing
editing
forfaiting
government in waiting
inhibiting
lady-in-waiting
limiting
no waiting
recruiting
siting
soliciting
suiting
uninviting
visiting
vomiting
waiting

Synonyms and antonyms of writing in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WRITING»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «writing» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of writing

Translation of «writing» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WRITING

Find out the translation of writing to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of writing from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «writing» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

作品
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

escrito
570 millions of speakers

English

writing
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

लेखन
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

كِتَابَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

писание
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

escrita
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

লেখা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

écriture
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Menulis
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Schrift
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

書いたもの
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

저작
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Nulis
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

bài viết
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

எழுத்து
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

लेखन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

yazı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

scrittura
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pisanie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

напис
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lucrare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

γραφή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

skriftelik
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

skrift
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

skriving
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of writing

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WRITING»

The term «writing» is very widely used and occupies the 2.189 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WRITING» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «writing» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «writing» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about writing

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WRITING»

Discover the use of writing in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to writing and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
On Writing
The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
Stephen King, 2000
2
Writing
This book encourages the reader to think about the reasons for teaching writing, and to see how many different types of writing - factual or creative, public or personal, business or academic - can be brought into the language classroom.
Chris Tribble, 1996
3
Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization
Tracing the origins of writing tied to speech from ancient Sumer through the Greek alphabet and beyond, the book examines the earliest evidence for writing in Mesopotamia in the fourth millennium BC, the relations of these systems to ...
Barry B. Powell, 2012
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Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography
"--Hayden White, author of "Metahistory" These essays are the product of intensive discussions held at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during April 1984.
James Clifford, George E. Marcus, 1986
5
A Primer of Mathematical Writing: Being a Disquisition on ...
This book is about writing in the professional mathematical environment. While the book is nominally about writing, it's also about how to function in the mathematical profession.
Steven George Krantz, 1997
6
Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates
This guide helps you develop both the ability to critically ask questions, and a reflective and critical approach to your own research and writing.
Mike Wallace, Alison Wray, 2011
7
Writing Without Teachers
In this new edition of his popular book, well-known advocate of innovative teaching methods Peter Elbow outlines a practical program for learning how to write.
Peter Elbow, 1998
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History of Writing
From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers a fascinating investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.
Steven Roger Fischer, 2001
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Keys to Great Writing
This versatile guide will improve the skills of virtually every type of writer, from professional copywriters to students.
Stephen Wilbers, 2007
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Comedy Writing Secrets
In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: Humor writing exercises to punch up your ...
Mel Helitzer, Mark Shatz, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WRITING»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term writing is used in the context of the following news items.
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IBM's Watson learns to critique the tone of your writing
The concept of tone in writing is, of course, considerably more abstract than spelling and grammar usage. Watson might be the perfect machine learning platform ... «ExtremeTech, Jul 15»
2
The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives
One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students. He co-authored a paper that demonstrates a startling effect: nearly erasing ... «NPR, Jul 15»
3
Jeanine Pirro Writing Robert Durst Book
The former district attorney from New York who tried to convict millionaire murder suspect Robert Durst is writing a book. Jeanine Pirro's He Killed Them All: ... «Hollywood Reporter, Jun 15»
4
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Launches US-Cuba Writing Project
Acclaimed poet Richard Blanco and writer and editor Ruth Behar have teamed up to create a writing project to respond to the new and evolving relationship ... «NBCNews.com, Jun 15»
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2 Women Moved to Write Stories Uncover a Surprisingly Personal One
Their lives crossed in January 2013, on the first day of a writing class, when they took part in one of those familiar around-the-table introductions that by the end ... «New York Times, May 15»
6
William Zinsser, Author of 'On Writing Well,' Dies at 92
William Zinsser, a writer, editor and teacher whose book “On Writing Well” sold more than 1.5 million copies by employing his own literary craftsmanship to urge ... «New York Times, May 15»
7
Helen Hunt strikes blow for equality — with writing and directing
As Hollywood actresses grapple with wage equality and a lack of roles for those over 40, Oscar-winning star Helen Hunt has taken matters into her own hands. «Toronto Star, Apr 15»
8
T. Coraghessan Boyle wins $30000 for short story writing
NEW YORK (AP) — T. Coraghessan Boyle has won a $30,000 lifetime achievement award for short story writing. The 66-year-old Boyle is this year's recipient of ... «Yahoo News UK, Apr 15»
9
George RR Martin is not writing any scripts for season six to focus on …
Words are wind, unless you're George R.R. Martin. He wrote on his blog that he will not be writing an episode for season six of Game Of Thrones in order to ... «A.V. Club Austin, Mar 15»
10
Joseph Heath wins the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
Praised by the jury as “a vivid chronicle of the descent of contemporary politics into a bedlam of competing irrationalities and appeals to unreason,” Joseph ... «The Globe and Mail, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Writing [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/writing>. Nov 2019 ».
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