hand·​writ·​ing | \ ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce handwriting (audio) \

Definition of handwriting

1 : writing done by hand especially : the form of writing peculiar to a particular person
2 : something written by hand
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Examples of handwriting in a Sentence

Her handwriting is nearly impossible to read. she immediately recognized the handwriting on the envelope as that of her old college roommate
Recent Examples on the Web His merch and single covers feature his own handwriting and drawings. Aamina Khan, Vogue, "Conan Gray Always Tells the Truth," 29 Nov. 2019 Two leading experts on Twain and his handwriting — Auburn University at Montgomery professor emeritus Alan Gribben and rare books collector and dealer Kevin Mac Donnell of Austin, Texas — agreed the signature is likely authentic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sam Clemens’ signature appears to be on Mark Twain Cave wall," 27 Sep. 2019 Remarkably, however, Xu’s work is acknowledged at the exhibition by a display of a translation in his handwriting. The Economist, "An exhibition in Shanghai celebrates Einstein’s genius," 19 Sep. 2019 With a few lines of code and some example data (handwriting samples, cat pictures), TensorFlow will do all the hard work. Popular Mechanics, "What AI Can Really Do Right Now," 17 Oct. 2017 Check out some of the most unbelievable handwriting samples known to humankind. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "10 Pictures Of Handwriting That Will Make You Feel Like You Fail At Life Completely," 14 Apr. 2015 What’s more, the detective wrote, Joyner’s handwriting was larger and more spread out in the answer’s last two lines than in the previous seven. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, "Why Are Cops Around the World Using This Outlandish Mind-Reading Tool?," 8 Dec. 2019 The words float onscreen, in Dickinson’s handwriting, glimmering like a spiderweb—the best kind of message from beyond. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "Mixed Débuts on Apple TV+ in “The Morning Show” and “Dickinson”," 18 Nov. 2019 Slater testified that Bentley provided notes with the requests and details about finding Lee that appeared to be in Frazee’s handwriting. Fox News, "Inmate claims Patrick Frazee asked him to kill key witness in Colorado murder trial," 17 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of handwriting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handwriting was in the 15th century

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17 Jan 2020

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“Handwriting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwriting. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handwriting

: the way a person's writing looks


hand·​writ·​ing | \ ˈhand-ˌrī-tiŋ How to pronounce handwriting (audio) \

Kids Definition of handwriting

: a person's writing

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