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[man-yuh-skript] /ˈmæn yəˌskrɪpt/
the original text of an author's work, handwritten or now usually typed, that is submitted to a publisher.
any text not printed.
a book or document written before the invention of printing.
writing, as distinguished from print.
handwritten or typed, not professionally printed.
Origin of manuscript
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin manūscrīptus written by hand, equivalent to Latin manū by hand (ablative of manus) + scrīptus written; see script
Related forms
manuscriptal, adjective Unabridged
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  • It's lighter than a regular book, and easier to turn the pages than with a manuscript.
  • When you saved that unpublished manuscript on them, you figured it would be accessible forever.
  • More than two dozen publishers turned the manuscript down.
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  • The result is a strange product-more a collection of notes than a polished manuscript.
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  • Readership of popular science books decreases exponentially in the number of equations contained in the manuscript.
British Dictionary definitions for manuscript


a book or other document written by hand
the original handwritten or typed version of a book, article, etc, as submitted by an author for publication
  1. handwriting, as opposed to printing
  2. (as modifier): a manuscript document
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin manūscriptus, from Latin manus hand + scribere to write
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Word Origin and History for manuscript

"document or book written by hand," 1590s (adj.), c.1600 (n.), from Medieval Latin manuscriptum "document written by hand," from Latin manu scriptus "written by hand," from manu, ablative of manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)) + scriptus (neuter scriptum), past participle of scribere "to write" (see script (n.)). Abbreviation is MS, plural MSS.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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