|1.||[ noun ] (writing) the act of creating written works|
|Synonyms:||composition authorship penning|
"writing was a form of therapy for him" "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
|Related terms:||verbal_creation drafting versification novelization redaction lexicography fabrication metrification dramatisation write draft write_on reference adapt write_out dramatize co-author annotate ghost author script dash_off paragraph write_copy profile write|
|2.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||written_communication literature section document essay paragraph literature summary inscription diary manuscript criticism literary_composition adaptation rewrite sacred_text autograph treatise matter cryptogram editing dithyramb title dramatic_composition screed ayurveda dithyramb plagiarism bowdlerisation transcript epilogue|
|3.||[ noun ] (usually plural) the collected work of an author|
"the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
|Related terms:||oeuvre written_communication patristics plural|
|4.||[ 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"
|Related terms:||written_communication orthography handwriting typing notation printing skywriting hieroglyph printing capitalization coding_system|
|5.||[ noun ] (writing) the activity of putting something in written form|
: "she did the thinking while he did the writing"
|Related terms:||activity handwriting coding coding inscription notation stenography write|