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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun writing:


Writing is sometimes a misspelling of rating.

The word writing is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun writing

What does writing mean as a name of something?

Writing is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: writings

  1. the act of creating written works
  2. the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
  3. (usually plural) the collected work of an author
  4. letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language
  5. the activity of putting something in written form
    • example: she did the thinking while he did the writing
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of writing: committal to writing
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the noun writing


  1. [uncountable] Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning.
    • [uncountable] Something written, such as a document, article or book.
    • [uncountable] The process of representing a language with symbols or letters.
      • [countable] A work of an author.
        • [countable] The style of writing of a person.
        • [as a modifier] Intended for or used in writing.


          "Writing" a.k.a. "Rachana" is a 1983 Indian Malayalam film, directed by Mohan and produced by Sivan Kunnampilly. The film stars Srividya, Nedumudi Venu, Bharath Gopi and Mammootty in lead roles. The film had musical score by MB Sreenivasan. Bharath Gopi won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor for his performance in the film.


          1. "Writing" is a book by Markus Mai.
            • also known as "Writing: urban calligraphy and beyond"
          2. "Writing" is a book by Macmillan.
          3. "Writing" is a book by Janet Floyd.
            • also known as "Writing: the pioneer woman"


          "Writing" is a composition.


          Writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language but a form of technology. Within a language system, writing relies on many of the same structures as speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics, with the added dependency of a system of signs or symbols, usually in the form of a formal alphabet. The result of writing is generally called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.

          • also known as 寫作

          Phrases with Writing

          Phrases starting with the word Writing:

          1. writing arm
          2. writing ink
          3. writing pad
          4. writing desk
          5. writing board
          6. writing paper
          7. writing style
          8. writing table
          9. writing system
          10. writing implement

          Phrases ending with the word Writing:

          1. in writing
          2. sacred writing
          3. secret writing
          4. picture writing
          5. Creative writing
          6. piece of writing
          7. Tendency Writing
          8. Automatic writing
          9. Majuscule Writing
          10. religious writing

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          Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Writing

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          Google previewLead, Follow, Or Get Out of the Way (2006)

          How to Be a More Effective Leader in Today's Schools by Robert D. Ramsey

          Writing is a little like playing golf. It keeps you...

          What's hard about writing is that there's always room for improvement. There will always be a better way to say it. What's easy about writing is that the fundamentals are attainable. The only ...

          Google previewCross-Curricular Teaching and Learning in the Secondary School ... English (2010)

          The Centrality of Language in Learning by David Stevens

          Writing is the most obviously visible aspect of a pupil's learning, which is presumably why it has such central importance in virtually all examinations of attainment. Writing is a powerful means of self and social expression, potentially communicating to an increasingly wide audience through...

          Google previewMargins of Desire (2010)

          The Foundations of Derrida's Social Ethics by Niva Arav

          Writing is the realization and presence of the voice in the world, and constitutes the axis that allows the phenomenon...

          Google previewSaints and Postmodernism (1990)

          Revisioning Moral Philosophy by Edith Wyschogrod

          Writing is the other of the living logos. But the mutual relations of the two are such that speech can no longer...

          Google previewFrom Inquiry to Academic Writing (2011)

          A Practical Guide by Stuart Greene, April Lidinsky

          writing is the challenging intellectual price of admission to college.

          Google previewWriting in the Content Areas (2013)

          by Amy Benjamin

          Writing is an extremely effective way to process, to come to own, new information. But the writing at this point...

          Google previewComputers and Writing (1992)

          State of the Art by Patrik Holt, Noel Williams

          Introduction Writing is an everyday activity.

          Since writing is an important activity of modern society, it is interesting to assess how aptly such techniques of automation can assist...

          Writing is a creative, an expressive and a communication skill.

          Google previewDeveloping and Validating Test Items (2013)

          by Thomas M. Haladyna, Michael C. Rodriguez

          Writing. Ability. Overview Writing is a primary cognitive ability. Like reading and speaking, writing is used in performing tasks in other cognitive abilities, such as mathematical and scientific problem-solving, critical thinking, and creative abilities.

          Google previewEncyclopedia of Life Writing (2013)

          Autobiographical and Biographical Forms by Margaretta Jolly

          Naidu, Sarojini National Identity and Life Writing Nature, the Environment, and Life Writing Nature ...

          Google previewEncyclopaedia Of Engineering Chemistry (4 Vols. Set) (2008)

          by Marlow Ediger

          Each academic discipline may well provide chances for pupils to develop skill in writing, science being no exception. The science teacher needs to develop pupil knowledge in science as well as using the contents in written work. Learning to ...

          Google previewBouvier's Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia (1914)

          by John Bouvier, Francis Rawle

          WRITING. The act of forming by the hand letters or characters of a particular kind, on paper or other suitable substance and artfully putting them together so as to convey ideas. The word "writing," when not used in connection with analogous ...

          Google previewEncyclopedia of American Folk Art (2004)

          by Gerard C. Wertkin

          writing ̄) typically learned the art from copybooks or penmanship manualsor from attending classestaught by anaccomplished instructor. Duringthe heydayofAmerican calligraphy, itinerant writing masters brought the traditionsand methodsof ...

          Online dictionaries and encyclopedias with entries for Writing

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          Small photo of female hands with pen writing on notebookSmall photo of Elegant smart woman writing down her ideasSmall photo of girls hands with pen writing on notebook in parkSmall photo of female hands with pen writing on notebookSmall photo of Close up of woman's hands writing in spiral notepad placed on wooden desktop with various itemsSmall photo of Woman writing by pen in notepad at sunny summerSmall photo of male hand writing in notebook with pen More...

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          Quotes about Writing

          I enjoy writing, sometimes; I think that most writers will tell you about the agony of writing more than the joy of writing, but writing is what I was meant to do. (Leon Uris)
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          Scrabble value of W4R1I1T1I1N1G2

          The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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