writing

noun

writ·​ing ˈrī-tiŋ How to pronounce writing (audio)
1
: the act or process of one who writes: such as
a
: the act or art of forming visible letters or characters
specifically : handwriting sense 1
b
: the act or practice of literary or musical composition
2
: something written: such as
a
: letters or characters that serve as visible signs of ideas, words, or symbols
b
: a letter, note, or notice used to communicate or record
c
: a written composition
3
: a style or form of composition
4
: the occupation of a writer
especially : the profession of authorship
Phrases
writing on the wall
: 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

Writing usually isn't a lucrative career, but it has been very fulfilling for me. He teaches creative writing at the university. Few people nowadays care about the art of letter writing. The novel's plot is okay, but the writing is horrible. I asked a friend to critique my writing. Her essay was a wonderful piece of writing. She has a unique writing style. Much of the best Japanese writing has not been translated into English. the writings of Benjamin Franklin a book of selected writings on moral philosophy See More
Recent Examples on the Web First, the United States should abandon its refusal (at least as of this writing) to call for a cease-fire and seek an end to the war in Gaza and the return of Israeli hostages as quickly as possible. Marc Lynch, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Series creator Nic Pizzolatto, who wrote those now-infamous words the first time around, is credited as an executive producer on Night Country, but has been open on social media about the fact he was not involved in any way with the writing of season 4. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 19 Feb. 2024 That was part of Issa’s writing and was fundamental to our season. Emily Zemler, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Feb. 2024 Cera calls the role a gift, saying John was delivered so clearly in the writing. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 The palace of God Maimonides’ philosophical writing is filled with debate and disagreement between him, fellow rabbis, Jewish philosophers and the Kalam, a medieval tradition of Islamic theology. Randy L. Friedman, The Conversation, 16 Feb. 2024 That was very much a kind of a guiding mantra for both my living through the years of the book and then my writing about them, thinking about kind of revising one’s sense of self as a fundamentally creative practice. Emma Specter, Vogue, 16 Feb. 2024 The two business leaders will be fresh faces on the Harvard Corporation as the board searches for a new leader to replace former President Claudine Gay, who stepped down under pressure last month amid scrutiny of her academic writings and her testimony before Congress about antisemitism. Matt Egan, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 The most expensive competitor, Intuit TurboTax Premium, is $89 at the time of writing, but that's an early discount price that will go up to $129 later in the filing season, with an additional $59 for state filing. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of writing was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Writing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/writing. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

writing

noun
writ·​ing
ˈrīt-iŋ
1
: the act or process of one that writes: as
a
: the formation of letters to express words and ideas : handwriting sense 1
b
: the art or practice of literary or musical composition
2
: something (as a letter or book) that is written or printed
3
: a style or form of composition
4
: the occupation of a writer
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