script

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noun (1)

plural scripts
1
a
: something written : text
b
: an original or principal instrument or document
(2)
: the written text of a stage play, screenplay, or broadcast
specifically : the one used in production or performance
2
a
: a style of printed letters that resembles handwriting
b
: written characters : handwriting
c
3
: a plan of action
4
computing : a sequence of instructions or commands for a computer to execute
especially : one that automates a small task (such as assembling or sorting a set of data)
Two engineers, a biologist and a zoologist wrote a computer script that downloaded the lyrics, band names and genre categories from all songs on the website www.metalkingdom.net. Fedor Zarkhin

script

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verb

scripted; scripting; scripts

transitive verb

1
: to prepare a script for or from
2
: to provide carefully considered details for (such as a plan of action)
an event carefully scripted to attract attention

script

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noun (2)

Examples of script in a Sentence

Noun (1) has a neat, careful script with delicate loops sold two scripts to the movie studio sending a thank-you note in script—and not just an e-mail—is the only proper way to express one's gratitude Verb I scripted three episodes of the show. The discussion couldn't have gone better if we had scripted it. The trip didn't go as scripted.
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Noun
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Verb
The roasts were all scripted, at least in basic form. Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 Both movies were conceived and scripted around the same time, Miller has recalled. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for script 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Latin scriptum thing written, from neuter of scriptus, past participle of scribere to write — more at scribe

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of script was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Script.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/script. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

script

noun
ˈskript
1
a
: something written : text
b
: the written text of a stage play, screenplay, or broadcast
2
: letters and figures written by hand : handwriting

Medical Definition

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