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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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 Here are some techier options to bring your handwriting into a digital era. Billy Cadden, Popular Science, "Tech-enabled notebooks that are actually better than pen and paper," 31 Jan. 2020 At an August hearing, Judge Jennifer Callaghan authorized handwriting experts to assess the documents' validity. Brian Mccollum, ajc, "Aretha Franklin’s son blasts Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Queen of Soul’ movie," 11 Jan. 2020 At an August hearing, Judge Jennifer Callaghan authorized handwriting experts to assess the documents' validity. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Aretha Franklin's son blasts Jennifer Hudson's Queen of Soul movie," 7 Jan. 2020 Prosecutor Angela Canepa said in Pike County Common Pleas Court that a handwriting expert concluded that Newcomb did not sign the documents herself. Holly Zachariah, Cincinnati.com, "Grandmother charged in Rhoden case reaches plea deal with prosecutors," 2 Dec. 2019 The very first logo on the can was my cousin’s handwriting. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "I Started a Company to Pay Off the Cost of Freezing My Eggs," 23 Jan. 2020 According to Police Chief Randy Bynum, handwriting samples were collected at the store and Pangle was identified as the lead suspect. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Alabama man charged with threatening to blow up children’s clothing store," 16 Jan. 2020 Those systems need more work, particularly when dealing with centuries-old handwriting styles, but some researchers are already making progress. Daniel Genkins, The Conversation, "Building a digital archive for decaying paper documents, preserving centuries of records about enslaved people," 6 Jan. 2020 His merch and single covers feature his own handwriting and drawings. Aamina Khan, Vogue, "Conan Gray Always Tells the Truth," 29 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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14 Feb 2020

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“Handwriting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handwriting%20on%20the%20wall. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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