from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen.
- intransitive verb To form (letters or words) in cursive style, especially in contrast to printing by hand.
- intransitive verb To spell.
- intransitive verb To fill (an amount of space) with words or information.
- intransitive verb To put written information in the blank spaces of (a check, form, or similar document).
- intransitive verb To produce or compose (text) in a recorded form that can be read.
- intransitive verb To express in writing; set down.
- intransitive verb To communicate by writing, especially by written letter.
- intransitive verb To communicate with (someone) by writing, especially by letter.
- intransitive verb To compose (a musical work).
- intransitive verb To underwrite, as an insurance policy.
- intransitive verb To compose in legal form; draft.
- intransitive verb To indicate; mark.
- intransitive verb To ordain or prophesy.
- intransitive verb Computers To transfer or copy (information) from memory to a storage device or output device.
- intransitive verb To trace or form letters, words, or symbols on paper or another surface.
- intransitive verb To produce written material, such as articles or books.
- intransitive verb To compose a letter, e-mail, or other written communication.
- idiom (write (one's) own ticket) To set one's own terms or course of action entirely according to one's own needs or wishes.
- idiom (write the book on) To be the preeminent practitioner of or expert in (something).
- idiom (writ large) Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Writing: chiefly in the phrase hand of write.
- To trace or form upon the surface of some material (a significant character or characters, especially characters constituting or representing words); set down, in a manner adapted for reading, with a pen, pencil, style, or anything with which marks can be made; inscribe: as, to
writea word on paper; to write one's name with the finger in sand.
- To cover with writing; trace readable characters over the surface of.
- To express or communicate in writing; give a written account of; make a record of, as something known, thought, or believed: as, to
writeone's observations; he wrote down all he could remember.
- To set forth as an author, or produce in writing, either by one's own or another's hand; compose and produce as an author.
- To designate by writing; style or entitle in writing; record: with an objective word or phrase.
- To record; set down legibly; engrave.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Based on my experience, I think blogging a story is a great way to discover what you want to write about in the actual manuscript, but not a great way to *write* a manuscript.
+May write, can write, must write, might write, could write, would write+, and +should write+ may each be resolved into an asserting word and an infinitive.
Then, after dinner, when the lamps were lit, and Mrs. Ukridge petted Edwin and sewed, and Ukridge smoked cigars and incited the gramophone to murder "Mumbling Mose," I would steal away to my bedroom and write -- and write -- and _write_ -- and go on writing till my fingers were numb and my eyes refused to do their duty.
Take two or three hours of leisure and quiet; write with great deliberation, but _write on_ till the subject is concluded.
'If he _has not fulfilled_ his promise to write,' but 'If he _did not write_ as he undertook to do' ([Greek: _egrapsen huposchomenos_]); nor 'If he _has commenced and finished_,' but 'If he _commenced and finished_' ([Greek: _arxamenos sunetelese_]).
Dr. Johnson, it is said, when he first heard of Boswell's intention to write a life of him, announced, with decision enough, that if he thought Boswell really meant to _write his life_ he would prevent it by _taking Boswell's!
States, in his treatise on 'The School Question,' is that, while the illiterate convicts in the California penitentiary, at the date of the report, numbered 112, against 985 who could read and write, '_among the younger convicts they could all read and write_'.
Thus, in "I may write if I choose," "may write" is by some classified as in the potential mood, but in reality the phrase _I may write_ is an indicative one while the second clause, _if I choose_, is the expression of a condition upon which, not my liberty to write, depends, but my actual writing.
When I am gone, lay me in a plain white jelly-pot, with a parchment cover, and on the label write ---- but come nearer, I have a secret for your ear alone ... there are strange things in some cupboards!
In one place it uses the term write off -- I think erroneously.