Writing Definition

Define what is Writing?

1. authorship, penning, writing, composition (noun)

the act of creating written works.

  • writing was a form of therapy for him.
  • it was a matter of disputed authorship.

verbal creation noun
creating something by the use of speech and language.


adoxography noun
fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects.

drafting noun
writing a first version to be filled out and polished later.

dramatisation, dramatization noun
conversion into dramatic form.

fabrication, fictionalisation, fictionalization noun
writing in a fictional form.

historiography noun
the writing of history.

metrification noun
writing a metrical composition (or the metrical structure of a composition).

novelisation, novelization noun
converting something into the form of a novel.

redaction noun
the act of putting something in writing.

lexicography noun
the act of writing dictionaries.

versification noun
the art or practice of writing verse.

2. piece of writing, written material, writing (noun)

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.

black and white, written communication, written language noun
communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten).


bowdlerisation, bowdlerization noun
written material that has been bowdlerized.

title noun
(usually plural) written material introduced into a movie or TV show to give credits or represent dialogue or explain an action.

cryptogram, secret writing, cryptograph noun
a piece of writing in code or cipher.

rewrite, revision, rescript noun
something that has been written again.

literary composition, literary work noun
imaginative or creative writing.

literature noun
creative writing of recognized artistic value.

literature noun
published writings in a particular style on a particular subject.

matter noun
written works (especially in books or magazines).

literary criticism, criticism noun
a written evaluation of a work of literature.

section, subdivision noun
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical).

paragraph noun
one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line.

diary, journal noun
a daily written record of (usually personal) experiences and observations.

inscription, lettering noun
letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something.

manuscript, MS noun
the form of a literary work submitted for publication.

autograph noun
something written by one's own hand.

treatise noun
a formal exposition.

adaptation, version noun
a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form.

essay noun
an analytic or interpretive literary composition.

editing, redaction noun
putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form.

religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing noun
writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity.

screed noun
a long piece of writing.

document, papers, written document noun
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature).

dramatic composition, dramatic work noun
a play for performance on the stage or television or in a movie etc..

dithyramb noun
a wildly enthusiastic speech or piece of writing.

plagiarism noun
a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work.

transcript noun
something that has been transcribed; a written record (usually typewritten) of dictated or recorded speech.

3. writing (noun)

(usually plural) the collected work of an author.

  • the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings.

body of work, oeuvre, work noun
the total output of a writer or artist (or a substantial part of it).

black and white, written communication, written language noun
communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten).


patristics, patrology noun
the writings of the early Church Fathers.

4. writing (noun)

letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language.

  • he turned the paper over so the writing wouldn't show.
  • the doctor's writing was illegible.

black and white, written communication, written language noun
communication by means of written symbols (either printed or handwritten).


orthography, writing system noun
a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols.

coding system noun
a system of signals used to represent letters or numbers in transmitting messages.

capitalisation, capitalization noun
writing in capital letters.

typewriting, typing noun
writing done with a typewriter.

printing noun
text handwritten in the style of printed matter.

handwriting, script, hand noun
something written by hand.

hieroglyph, hieroglyphic noun
writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible).

skywriting noun
writing formed in the sky by smoke released from an airplane.

printing process, printing noun
reproduction by applying ink to paper as for publication.

notation, notational system noun
a technical system of symbols used to represent special things.

5. committal to writing, writing (noun)

the activity of putting something in written form.

  • she did the thinking while he did the writing.

activity noun
any specific behavior.


coding, steganography, cryptography, secret writing noun
act of writing in code or cipher.

handwriting noun
the activity of writing by hand.

inscription noun
the activity of inscribing (especially carving or engraving) letters or words.

notation noun
the activity of representing something by a special system of marks or characters.

Nearby Terms

writing arm (noun)
an arm of a tablet-armed chair; widened to provide a writing surface

writing assignment (noun)
an assignment to write something

writing board (noun)
work surface consisting of a wide lightweight board that can be placed across the lap and used for writing

writing desk (noun)
a portable case containing writing materials and having a writing surface

writing implement (noun)
an implement that is used to write

writing ink (noun)
any permanent or washable ink used with pens

writing pad (noun)
a pad of paper on which messages can be written

writing paper (noun)
paper material made into thin sheets that are sized to take ink; used for writing correspondence and manuscripts

writing style (noun)
a style of expressing yourself in writing

writing system (noun)
a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols

writing table (noun)
a desk used for writing

Writings (noun)
the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures

written (adjective)
set down in writing in any of various ways

written account (noun)
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

written agreement (noun)
a legal document summarizing the agreement between parties