Writing is a medium of human communication that represents language and emotion with signs and symbols. In most languages, writing is a complement to speech or spoken language. Writing is not a language, but a tool used to make languages be read. 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. The result of writing is called text, and the recipient of text is called a reader. Motivations for writing include publication, storytelling, correspondence, record keeping and diary. Writing has been instrumental in keeping history, maintaining culture, dissemination of knowledge through the media and the formation of legal systems.
As human societies emerged, the development of writing was driven by pragmatic exigencies such as exchanging information, maintaining financial accounts, codifying laws and recording history. Around the 4th millennium BC, the complexity of trade and administration in Mesopotamia outgrew human memory, and writing became a more dependable method of recording and presenting transactions in a permanent form. In both ancient Egypt and Mesoamerica, writing may have evolved through calendric and a political necessity for recording historical and environmental events.
Graphism of symbols such as letters that express some meaning.
Something written, such as a document, article or book.
The process of representing a language with symbols or letters.
A work of an author.
The style of writing of a person.
"I can't read your writing."
Intended for or used in writing.
"a writing table"
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obsolete form of writing
the activity or skill of writing
"parents want schools to concentrate on reading, writing, and arithmetic"
a sequence of letters, words, or symbols marked on a surface
"he asked them to put their complaints in writing"
"a leather product with gold writing on it"
"his writing looked crabbed"
the activity or occupation of composing text for publication
"she made a decent living from writing"
written work, especially with regard to its style or quality
"the writing is straightforward and accessible"
books, stories, or other written works
"the writings of Gertrude Stein"
The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas which characters and words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs.
Anything written or printed; anything expressed in characters or letters
the act of creating written works;
"writing was a form of therapy for him"
"it was a matter of disputed authorship"
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"
(usually plural) the collected work of an author;
"the idea occurs with increasing frequency in Hemingway's writings"
letters or symbols 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"
the activity of putting something in written form;
"she did the thinking while he did the writing"
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