writing (n.)

Old English writing "action of forming letters and characters," verbal noun from write (v.).

From c. 1200 as "text; body of poetry, narrative, etc. in written form; written material." From c. 1300 as "a particular text;" mid-14c. as "act of composing a written text." From late 14c. as "craft of writing;" also "one's own handwriting or penmanship." Also late 14c. in the broad sense of "system of human intercommunication by means of conventional visible marks." Also late 14c. as "act of sending a letter; a letter, message." Writing-desk is from 1610s.

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Definitions of writing

writing (n.)
the act of creating written works;
writing was a form of therapy for him
Synonyms: authorship / composition / penning
writing (n.)
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect);
the writing in her novels is excellent
that editorial was a fine piece of writing
Synonyms: written material / piece of writing
writing (n.)
(usually plural) the collected work of an author;
the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings
writing (n.)
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language;
the doctor's writing was illegible
he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show
writing (n.)
the activity of putting something in written form;
she did the thinking while he did the writing
Synonyms: committal to writing