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
handwriting on the wall

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Synonyms for handwriting


hand, penmanship, script

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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

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The grading system of the test has many problems, such as its indifference to factual accuracy, word length and handwriting. WSJ, "Make Students Prove Their Writing Skills," 12 July 2018 The Questioned Documents Unit can do paper and ink analysis, as well as handwriting and type comparisons. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology of Pipe Bombs and Suspicious Packages, Explained," 25 Oct. 2018 People also reports that the tattoo was allegedly done with Pete's handwriting. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's Tattoos: A Complete Guide," 2 Oct. 2018 Franco Giudice of the University of Bergamo and science historian Michele Camerota of the University of Cagliari—conducted their own handwriting analysis. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Newly discovered letter by Galileo resolves puzzling historical mystery," 22 Sep. 2018 Both the Duchess of Sussex and Princess Diana enjoyed an old school habit that many no longer participate in: handwriting letters. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Meghan Markle channels Princess Diana with sweet hobby: 'I absolutely relish it'," 23 Aug. 2018 But personal conviction isn't the only thing Kate's handwriting tells us about her, according to Dresbold. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What Kate Middleton and Prince William's Signatures Reveal About Their Marriage," 9 Aug. 2018 The award recognizes special-needs students who develop a mastery over handwriting. Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Third-grader was born with no hands — and just won an award for her cursive writing | Miami Herald," 10 May 2018 The handwriting recognition network discussed above had two layers, 25 neurons, and almost 12,000 parameters. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of handwriting

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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