Webster 1913 Edition
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; as:
Any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, or the like.
Any written composition; a pamphlet; a work; a literary production; a book;
And Pilate wrote a title . . . And the
writingwas, Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
John xix. 19.
a book for practice in penmanship.–
a desk with a sloping top for writing upon; also, a case containing writing materials, and used in a similar manner.–
the European yellow-hammer; – so called from the curious irregular lines on its eggs.
one who teaches the art of penmanship.–
paper intended for writing upon with ink, usually finished with a smooth surface, and sized.–
a school for instruction in penmanship.–
a table fitted or used for writing upon.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Forming, as characters, with a pen, style or graver.
2.a. Used or intended for writing; as writing paper.
1.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 the words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs. We hardly know which to admire most, the ingenuity or the utility of the art of writing.
2.Any thing written or expressed in letters; hence, any legal instrument, as a deed, a receipt, a bond, an agreement, &c.
3.A book; any written composition; a pamphlet; as the writings of Addison.
4.An inscription. John 19.
5.Writings, plu. conveyances of lands; deeds; or any official papers.