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scribe1

[skrahyb] /skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who serves as a professional copyist, especially one who made copies of manuscripts before the invention of printing.
2.
a public clerk or writer, usually one having official status.
3.
Also called sopher, sofer. Judaism. one of the group of Palestinian scholars and teachers of Jewish law and tradition, active from the 5th century b.c. to the 1st century a.d., who transcribed, edited, and interpreted the Bible.
4.
a writer or author, especially a journalist.
verb (used without object), scribed, scribing.
5.
to act as a scribe; write.
verb (used with object), scribed, scribing.
6.
to write down.
Origin of scribe1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin scrība clerk, derivative of scrībere to write
Related forms
scribal, adjective
unscribal, adjective

scribe2

[skrahyb] /skraɪb/
verb (used with object), scribed, scribing.
1.
to mark or score (wood or the like) with a pointed instrument as a guide to cutting or assembling.
noun
2.
Origin
1670-80; perhaps aphetic form of inscribe
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Examples from the Web for scribing
Historical Examples
  • Its end, which carries a scribing point, marks the smoked paper on the rotating cylinder.

  • It can be done with the dividers by using care in scribing the centers.

  • With the point of his knife, the savage traced a circle upon my breast—just as if he had been scribing it on the bark of a tree.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • These points are your centers for scribing the long sides of the ellipse.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • The handle, therefore, always serves as a guide for the blade in scribing work, because it lies flat down on the work.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
  • The heading has been brought on board, but the "scribing" upon it is very indistinct, and unintelligible to us.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
  • The try-square is also of great use in scribing lines across boards, Fig. 204.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Place the sticks in position and mark the width of each upon the surface of the other, using a knife or chisel for scribing.

    Woodworking for Beginners Charles Gardner Wheeler
  • This is done by twisting a bit of wire round the scribing point and allowing it to project downwards.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
  • Never saw out the scribing or marking line, either in cutting or in ripping.

    Carpentry for Boys J. S. Zerbe
British Dictionary definitions for scribing

scribe

/skraɪb/
noun
1.
a person who copies documents, esp a person who made handwritten copies before the invention of printing
2.
a clerk or public copyist
3.
(Old Testament) a recognized scholar and teacher of the Jewish Law
4.
(Judaism) a man qualified to write certain documents in accordance with religious requirements
5.
an author or journalist: used humorously
6.
another name for scriber
verb
7.
to score a line on (a surface) with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Derived Forms
scribal, adjective
Word Origin
(in the senses: writer, etc) C14: from Latin scrība clerk, from scrībere to write; C17 (vb): perhaps from inscribe

Scribe

/French skrib/
noun
1.
Augustin Eugène (oɡystɛ̃ øʒɛn). 1791–1861, French author or coauthor of over 350 vaudevilles, comedies, and libretti for light opera
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Word Origin and History for scribing

scribe

n.

c.1200, "professional interpreter of the Jewish Law" (late 11c. as a surname), from Church Latin scriba "teacher of Jewish law," used in Vulgate to render Greek grammateus (corresponding to Hebrew sopher "writer, scholar"), special use of Latin scriba "keeper of accounts, secretary, writer," from past participle stem of scribere "to write;" see script (n.). Sense "one who writes, official or public writer" in English is from late 14c.

v.

"to write," mid-15c., from Latin scribere "to write" (see script (n.)).

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