noun writ·ing \ˈrī-tiŋ\

Definition of writing

  1. 1 :  the act or process of one who writes: such asa :  the act or art of forming visible letters or characters; specifically :  handwriting 1b :  the act or practice of literary or musical composition

  2. 2 :  something written: such asa :  letters or characters that serve as visible signs of ideas, words, or symbolsb :  a letter, note, or notice used to communicate or recordc :  a written compositiond :  inscription

  3. 3 :  a style or form of composition

  4. 4 :  the occupation of a writer; especially :  the profession of authorship

writing on the wall

  1. :  an omen or sign of one's unpleasant fate No one told him he was going to be fired, but he could see the writing on the wall. [=he could see that he was going to be fired soon]

Examples of writing in a sentence

  1. Writing usually isn't a lucrative career, but it has been very fulfilling for me.

  2. He teaches creative writing at the university.

  3. Few people nowadays care about the art of letter writing.

  4. The novel's plot is okay, but the writing is horrible.

  5. I asked a friend to critique my writing.

  6. Her essay was a wonderful piece of writing.

  7. She has a unique writing style.

  8. Much of the best Japanese writing has not been translated into English.

  9. the writings of Benjamin Franklin

  10. a book of selected writings on moral philosophy

13th Century

First Known Use of writing

13th century

WRITING Defined for English Language Learners


noun writ·ing \ˈrī-tiŋ\

Definition of writing for English Language Learners

  • : the activity or work of writing books, poems, stories, etc.

  • : the way that you use written words to express your ideas or opinions

  • : books, poems, essays, letters, etc.

WRITING Defined for Kids


noun writ·ing \ˈrī-tiŋ\

Definition of writing for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of a person who writes

  2. 2 :  handwriting I can't read his writing.

  3. 3 :  something (as a letter or book) that is written

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