Definitions

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

  • n. A public clerk or secretary, especially in ancient times.
  • n. A professional copyist of manuscripts and documents.
  • n. A writer or journalist.
  • n. See scriber.
  • transitive v. To mark with a scriber.
  • transitive v. To write or inscribe.
  • intransitive v. To work as a scribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an official or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist.
  • n. A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
  • n. A very sharp, steel drawing implement used in engraving and etching, a scriber.
  • n. A writer, especially a journalist.
  • v. To write.
  • v. To record.
  • v. To write or draw with a scribe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an offical or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist.
  • n. A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
  • intransitive v. To make a mark.
  • transitive v. To write, engrave, or mark upon; to inscribe.
  • transitive v. To cut (anything) in such a way as to fit closely to a somewhat irregular surface, as a baseboard to a floor which is out of level, a board to the curves of a molding, or the like; -- so called because the workman marks, or scribes, with the compasses the line that he afterwards cuts.
  • transitive v. To score or mark with compasses or a scribing iron.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To write; mark; record.
  • Specifically
  • To mark, as wood, metal, bricks, etc., by scoring with a sharp point, as an awl, a scribe or scriber, or a pair of compasses. Hence To fit closely to another piece or part, as one piece of wood in furniture-making or Joiners' work to another of irregular or uneven form.
  • To write.
  • n. One who writes; a writer; a penman; especially, one skilled in penmanship.
  • n. An official or public writer; a secretary; an amanuensis; a notary; a copyist.
  • n. In Scripture usage:
  • n. One whose duty it was to keep the official records of the Jewish nation, or to act as the private secretary of some distinguished person (Esther iii. 12).
  • n. One of a body of men who constituted the theologians and jurists of the Jewish nation in the time of Christ.
  • n. A pointed instrument used to mark lines on wood, metal, bricks, etc., to serve as a guide in sawing, cutting, etc.

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

  • n. informal terms for journalists
  • n. French playwright (1791-1861)
  • v. score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
  • n. a sharp-pointed awl for marking wood or metal to be cut
  • n. someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts

Etymologies

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

Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin scrība, from Latin, keeper of accounts, secretary, from scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin usage of scriba ("secretary") (used in Vulgate to render Ancient Greek γραμματεύς (grammateus, "scribe, secretary"), which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew סופר ("writer, scholar")) from scribere ("to write, draw, draw up, draft (a paper), enlist, enroll, levy; orig. to scratch"), probably akin to scrobs ("a ditch, trench, grave").

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