Definition of Handwriting

1. Noun. Something written by hand. "His hand was illegible"

2. Noun. The activity of writing by hand. "Handwriting can be slow and painful for one with arthritis"
Generic synonyms: Committal To Writing, Writing
Specialized synonyms: Stenography, Subscription
Examples of category: Legibility, Readability, Illegibility, Hand, Script, Backhand, Left-slanting
Derivative terms: Handwrite

Definition of Handwriting

1. n. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography.

Definition of Handwriting

1. Noun. The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed. ¹

2. Noun. The characteristic writing of a particular person ¹

3. Noun. Text that was written by hand. ¹

4. Verb. (present participle of handwrite) ¹

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Definition of Handwriting

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Medical Definition of Handwriting

1. 1. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography. 2. That which is written by hand; manuscript. The handwriting on the wall, a doom pronounced; an omen of disaster. (Dan. V. 5) Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Handwriting

handwriting (current term)
handwriting expert
handwriting on the wall
handy dandy
handyman's special
handyman's specials

Literary usage of Handwriting

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"From the practical point of view of identification of handwriting, graphology is also called into requisition, and the term graphologist becomes equivalent ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"Q. Have you seen that handwriting in his official capacity, purported and accepted as his handwriting? A. Yes, sir. Q. You mean you accepted it as clerk? ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Evidence as Administered in England and Ireland by John Pitt Taylor (1887)
"When witnesses are called to speak to handwriting J 1666 they should declare their belief on the subject, though in one case it was held by Lord Kenyon, ..."

4. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1887)
"But where other writings, admitted or proved to be genuine, are properly in evidence for other purposes, the handwriting of such instruments may be compared ..."

5. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1874)
"It is true that, witli every one, the handwriting is less correct and ... The handwriting varied in other respects, according to the degree of the ailment. ..."

6. Questioned Documents: A Study of Questioned Documents with an Outline of by Albert Sherman Osborn (1910)
"VARIETY OF FORMS IN handwriting AND MATHEMATICAL, CALCULATIONS APPLIED TO QUESTIONED handwriting It hardly seems possible that there could be so many ways ..."

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