Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Writing done with the hand.
  • n. The writing characteristic of a particular person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed.
  • n. The characteristic writing of a particular person.
  • n. Text that was written by hand.
  • v. Present participle of handwrite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography.
  • n. That which is written by hand; manuscript.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cast or form of writing peculiar to each hand or person; chirography; penmanship.
  • n. That which is written by hand; manuscript.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the activity of writing by hand
  • n. something written by hand

Etymologies

hand +‎ writing (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Nature's chief masterpiece is _writing well_: very profoundly informs his readers "That what is here said has not the least regard to the _penmanship_, that is, to the fairness or badness of the handwriting," and proceeds throughout a whole page, with a panegyric on a _fine handwriting_!

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • Adding a handwritten signature to letters or even email can add a distinguising, memorable mark to your messages — and in cases like mine, that distinct memory is, “Boy, his handwriting is awful.”

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  • Upcoming delights for you: I'm going to hopefully do a voice post (god knows on what topic but I'll think of something) and a handwritten post (to show you all how atrocious my handwriting is these days), and a filmstrip post of Prague photos.

    The One With The Death Meme

  • She was a nice old lady and she meant well, but as a result of this, I do everything with my left hand except writing, and my handwriting is appalling.

    8 Things About Me

  • The handwriting is on the wall, for the (GOP) Judy Chu is headed to Washington and many more democrats will follow.

    Democrat wins battle of the Chus

  • I had a general sense that in the US, "feminine" handwriting is neater, more loopy, and in its most mockable form has little circles or hearts dotting each letter I.

    Boing Boing

  • "As more people lose writing skills and migrate to the computer, retraining people in handwriting skills could be a useful cognitive exercise."

    Handwriting Helps Brains

  • But Angie Pike, Zane's mom, persists, believing that handwriting is a building block to learning.

    Handwriting Helps Brains

  • Now for the clever part – thanks to built-in handwriting recognition software, it can then convert your handwriting into editable text – saving hours of writing time for those longhand first drafters.

    No time like the presents… « Write Anything

  • They are grabbing at the golden eggs while they can because the handwriting is on the wall.

    Think Progress » WellPoint CEO receives a 51 percent increase in compensation.

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