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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A book, document, or other composition written by hand.
  • n. A typewritten or handwritten version of a book, an article, a document, or other work, especially the author's own copy, prepared and submitted for publication in print.
  • n. Handwriting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Which is handwritten, or by extension typewritten, as opposed to mechanical reproduction.
  • n. A book, composition or any other document, (type)written by hand, not mechanically reproduced.
  • n. A single, original copy of a book, article, composition etc, written by hand or even printed, submitted as original for (copy-editing and) reproductive publication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Written with or by the hand; not printed.
  • n. An original literary or musical composition written by the author, formerly with the hand, now usually by typewriter or word processor. It is contrasted with a printed copy.
  • n. Writing, as opposed to print.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Written with the hand; in handwriting (not printed).
  • Consisting of writings or written books.
  • n. A book, paper, or instrument written by hand with ink or other pigment, or with a pencil or the like; a writing of any kind, as distinguished from anything that is printed. Especially
  • n. Such a book, paper, or instrument so written before the introduction and general adoption of printing in the fifteenth century, or in a style in vogue before the invention of printing.
  • To write by hand.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. handwritten book or document
  • n. the form of a literary work submitted for publication

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin manūscrīptum, from neuter of manūscrīptus, handwritten : Latin manū, ablative of manus, hand; see man-2 in Indo-European roots + Latin scrīptus, past participle of scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1597, from Medieval Latin manuscriptum ("writing by hand"), from Latin manu (ablative of manus ("hand")) + scriptus (past participle of scribere ("to write")), calqued from a word of Germanic origin, compare Middle High German hantschrift, hantgeschrift (c. 1450, "manuscript"), Old English handġewrit (before 1150, "what is written by hand, deed, contract, manuscript"), Old Norse handrit (before 1300, "manuscript"). (Wiktionary)

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