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script

[skript]
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:
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

scripter, noun
underscript, noun

scrip, script.
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script (skrɪpt)
 
n
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
 a.  an original or principal document
 b.  (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 scrip
 
vb
10.  (tr) to write a script for
 
[C14: from Latin scriptum something written, from scrībere to write]

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script
late 14c., "something written," from O.Fr. escrit (Fr. écrit) "a writing, written paper," from L. scriptum "a writing, book, law, line, mark," noun use of neut. pp. of scribere "to write," from PIE *skreibh- (cf. Gk. skariphasthai "to scratch an outline, sketch," Lett. skripat "scratch, write,"
O.N. hrifa "scratch"), from base *sker- "cut, incise" (cf. O.E. sceran "cut off, shear;" see shear) on the notion of carving marks in stone, wood, etc. Meaning "handwriting" is recorded from 1860. Theatrical use, short for manuscript, is attested from 1897. The importance of Rome to the spread of civilization in Europe is attested by the fact that the word for "write" in Romance, Celtic and Gmc. languages derives from scribere (e.g. Fr. écrire, Ir. scriobhaim, Welsh ysgrifennu, Ger. schreiben), but the cognate O.E. scrifan means "to allot, assign, decree" (see shrive; also cf. O.N. skript "penance") and Mod.Eng. uses write (q.v.) to express this action.
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