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script

[skript] /skrɪpt/
noun
1.
the letters or characters used in writing by hand; handwriting, especially cursive writing.
2.
a manuscript or document.
3.
the text of a manuscript or document.
4.
the manuscript or one of various copies of the written text of a play, motion picture, or radio or television broadcast.
5.
any system of writing.
6.
Printing. a type imitating handwriting.
Compare cursive.
verb (used with object)
7.
to write a script for:
The movie was scripted by a famous author.
8.
to plan or devise; make arrangements for:
The week-long festivities were scripted by a team of experts.
Origin of script
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English (noun) < Latin scrīptum, noun use of neuter past participle of scrībere to write; replacing Middle English scrit < Old French escrit < Latin, as above
Related forms
scripter, noun
underscript, noun
Can be confused
scrip, script.

Script.

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Examples from the Web for script
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  • One old German fogey wanted to have all the letters on the German typewriters changed to German script.

    Germany in War Time Mary Ethel McAuley
  • "I'll send you the script when I get it back from Manders," Eric promised with a laugh.

    The Education of Eric Lane Stephen McKenna
  • Or am I to believe that you learned by yourself to write German script, as you did the Greek?

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
  • He opened the book and glanced at the script and the two signature stamps.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • The door of my office was open and Adolphi was thumbing through the pile of script I had been working on.

    Janet Hardy in Radio City Ruthe S. Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for script

script

/skrɪpt/
noun
1.
handwriting as distinguished from print, esp cursive writing
2.
the letters, characters, or figures used in writing by hand
3.
any system or style of writing
4.
written copy for the use of performers in films and plays
5.
(law)
  1. an original or principal document
  2. (esp in England) a will or codicil or the draft for one
6.
any of various typefaces that imitate handwriting
7.
(computing) a series of instructions that is executed by a computer program
8.
an answer paper in an examination
9.
another word for scrip3
verb
10.
(transitive) to write a script for
Word Origin
C14: from Latin scriptum something written, from scrībere to write
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Word Origin and History for script
n.

late 14c., "something written," earlier scrite (c.1300), from Old French escrit "piece of writing, written paper; credit note, IOU; deed, bond" (Modern French écrit) from Latin scriptum "a writing, book; law; line, mark," noun use of neuter past participle of scribere "to write," from PIE *skribh- "to cut, separate, sift" (cf. Greek skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," Lettish skripat "scratch, write," Old Norse hrifa "scratch"), from root *(s)ker- "cut, incise" (cf. Old English sceran "cut off, shear;" see shear (v.)) on the notion of carving marks in stone, wood, etc.

Meaning "handwriting" is recorded from 1860. Theatrical use, short for manuscript, is attested from 1884. The importance of Rome to the spread of civilization in Europe is attested by the fact that the word for "write" in Celtic and Germanic (as well as Romanic) languages derives from scribere (e.g. French écrire, Irish scriobhaim, Welsh ysgrifennu, German schreiben). The cognate Old English scrifan means "to allot, assign, decree" (see shrive; also cf. Old Norse skript "penance") and Modern English uses write (v.) to express this action.

v.

"adapt (a work) for broadcasting or film," 1935, from script (n.). Related: Scripted; scripting.

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Slang definitions & phrases for script

script

noun

  1. A doctor's prescription, often a forged or stolen one (1960s+ Narcotics)
  2. Any note written on paper
  3. A manuscript (Theater 1897+, also publishing)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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script in Technology

1. An early system on the IBM 702.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
2. A real-time language.
["A Communication Abstraction Mechanism and its Verification", N. Francez et al, Sci Comp Prog 6(1):35-88 (1986)].
(1994-12-01)

language
A program written in a scripting language, but see Ousterhout's dichotomy.
(1999-02-22)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Related Abbreviations for script

script.

1.
manuscript
2.
prescription

Script.

1.
Scriptural
2.
Scripture
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