handwriting

[hand-rahy-ting]
noun
1.
writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
2.
a style or manner of writing by hand, especially that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship: an eccentric handwriting.
3.
a handwritten document; manuscript.
Idioms
4.
handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, especially of failure or disaster: The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy. Also, writing on the wall.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English hand writyng; see hand + writing

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handwrite

[hand-rahyt]
verb (used with object), handwrote or (Archaic) handwrit; handwritten or (Archaic) handwrit; handwriting.
to write (something) by hand.

Origin:
1840–50; back formation from handwriting

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handwriting (ˈhændˌraɪtɪŋ)
 
n
1.  writing by hand rather than by typing or printing
2.  a person's characteristic writing style: that signature is in my handwriting

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Word Origin & History

handwriting
1500, from hand + writing (see write), translating L. manuscriptum. Hand in the sense of "handwriting, style of writing" is from 1390.
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Handwriting definition


(Col. 2:14). The "blotting out the handwriting" is the removal by the grace of the gospel of the condemnation of the law which we had broken.

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Example sentences
It also reminds me of how bad my handwriting has become since the digital age
  rolled in.
Computers can play a pretty good game of chess, transliterate speech and
  recognise handwriting and faces.
The post office can still decipher his handwriting, and deliver the letter to
  his intended recipient.
In this study, he recruited volunteers on the pretense that they were needed
  for a handwriting study.
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