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English noun: writing

1. writing (act) the act of creating written works


SamplesWriting was a form of therapy for him.
It was a matter of disputed authorship.


Synonymsauthorship, composition, penning


Broader (hypernym)verbal creation


Narrower (hyponym)adoxography, drafting, dramatisation, dramatization, fabrication, fictionalisation, fictionalization, historiography, lexicography, metrification, novelisation, novelization, redaction, versification


Domain category membersadopt, annotate, author, cite, co-author, compose, dash off, draft, dramatise, dramatize, fling off, footnote, ghost, ghostwrite, indite, knock off, outline, paragraph, pen, profile, reference, rewrite, scratch off, script, toss off, write, write about, write copy, write of, write on, write out, write up

2. writing (communication) the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)


SamplesThe writing in her novels is excellent.
That editorial was a fine piece of writing.


Synonymspiece of writing, written material


Broader (hypernym)black and white, written communication, written language


Narrower (hyponym)adaptation, autograph, bowdlerisation, bowdlerization, criticism, cryptogram, cryptograph, diary, dithyramb, document, dramatic composition, dramatic work, editing, essay, inscription, journal, lettering, literary composition, literary criticism, literary work, literature, literature, manuscript, matter, ms, papers, paragraph, plagiarism, redaction, religious text, religious writing, rescript, revision, rewrite, sacred text, sacred writing, screed, secret writing, section, subdivision, title, transcript, treatise, version, written document


Instance hyponymAyurveda


Part holonymepilog, epilogue

3. writing (communication) (usually plural) the collected work of an author


SamplesThe idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings.


Broader (hypernym)black and white, body of work, oeuvre, work, written communication, written language


Narrower (hyponym)patristics, patrology


Domain usageplural, plural form

4. writing (communication) letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language


SamplesHe turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show.
The doctor's writing was illegible.


Broader (hypernym)black and white, written communication, written language


Narrower (hyponym)capitalisation, capitalization, coding system, hand, handwriting, hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, notation, notational system, orthography, printing, printing, printing process, script, skywriting, typewriting, typing, writing system

5. writing (act) the activity of putting something in written form


SamplesShe did the thinking while he did the writing.


Synonymscommittal to writing


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)coding, cryptography, handwriting, inscription, notation, secret writing, steganography









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