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Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from writen Old English ( wrītan “ to incise, engrave, write, draw, bestow by writing ”), from Proto-Germanic ( *wrītaną “ to carve, write ”), from Proto-Indo-European ( *wrey- “ to rip, tear ”). Cognate with West Frisian ( write “ to wear by rubbing, rip, tear ”), Dutch ( wrijten “ to argue, quarrel ”), Dutch ( rijten “ to rip, tear ”), Low German , wrieten ( rieten “ to tear, split ”), German ( reißen “ to tear, rip ”), Swedish ( rita “ to draw, design, delineate, model ”), Icelandic ( rita “ to cut, scratch, write ”), German ( ritzen “ to carve, scratch ”).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
write ( third-person singular simple present , writes present participle , writing simple past wrote or ( archaic ) , writ past participle written or ( archaic ) ) writ
( transitive, intransitive ) To form letters, words or symbols on a surface in order to communicate.
The pupil wrote his name on the paper.
Your son has been writing on the wall.
( transitive ) To be the author of (a book, article, poem, etc.).
My uncle writes newspaper articles for The Herald.
1893, Walter Besant, , The Ivory Gate Prologue:
Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language
[… ]; his clerks, however, understood him very well. If he had written a love letter, or a farce, or a ballade, or a story, no one, either clerks, or friends, or compositors, would have understood anything but a word here and a word there.
( transitive ) To send written information to.
(UK) Please write to me when you get there.
(US) Please write me when you get there.
( transitive ) To show (information, etc) in written form.
The due day of the homework is written in the syllabus.
( intransitive ) To be an author.
I write for a living.
( transitive , computing ) To record (data) mechanically or electronically.
The computer writes to the disk faster than it reads from it.
( transitive , South Africa , Canada , of a form, a document, etc. ) To fill in, to complete using words.
I was very anxious to know my score after I wrote the test. To impress durably; to imprint; to engrave.
truth written on the heart To make known by writing; to record; to prove by one's own written testimony; often used reflexively.
John Milton (1608-1674)
writes himself by his own inscription is like an ill painter, who, by writing on a shapeless picture which he hath drawn, is fain to tell passengers what shape it is, which else no man could imagine.
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to form letters, etc.
ciska Low German:
please add this translation if you can Macedonian:
( пишува pišuva) Malay:
എഴുത്ത് ( (ml) eḻutt) Maltese:
please add this translation if you can Marathi:
( लिहिणें lihiṇẽ) Mazanderani:
please add this translation if you can Middle English:
writen Middle Low German:
, wrīten schrīven Mirandese:
( бичих bičih) Nahuatl:
please add this translation if you can Navajo:
please add this translation if you can Norman:
( Guernsey ) , écrire ( Jersey ) êcrithe North Frisian:
( Mooring ) ; schriwe ( Föhr-Amrum ) skriiw Norwegian:
skrive (no) Novial:
escriure (oc) Old Church Slavonic:
( пьсати pĭsati) Old English:
wrītan Old Norse:
ríta Old Saxon:
, wrītan skrīƀan Oriya:
please add this translation if you can Oromo:
please add this translation if you can Ossetian:
( фыссын fyssyn) Pangasinan:
please add this translation if you can Persian:
نوشتن ( (fa) neveštan) Piedmontese:
please add this translation if you can Polish:
pisać (pl) , impf napisać (pl) pf Portuguese:
escrever , (pt) redigir (pt) Punjabi:
scrie (ro) Romansch:
, scriver screiver Russian:
писать (ru) ( impf pisatʹ), написать (ru) ( pf napisatʹ) Samoan:
please add this translation if you can Sanskrit:
लिख् ( (sa) likh) Sardinian:
, iscri , iscribere , iscriere , iscriri , iscrivere scriri Serbo-Croatian:
scrìviri (scn) Sinhalese:
( ලියනවා liyanavā) Slovak:
písať , impf napísať pf Slovene:
pisati (sl) Sorbian:
pisaś , impf napisaś pf Upper Sorbian:
pisać (hsb) , impf napisać pf Sotho:
ngola (st) Spanish:
escribir (es) Swahili:
skriva (sv) Tagalog:
, sumulat isulat Tahitian:
please add this translation if you can Tajik:
( навиштан navištan) Tamil:
எழுத்து ( (ta) eḻuttu) Tatar:
язарга ( (tt) yazarga) Thai:
( เขียน kĭan), ขีด ( (th) kèet) Tibetan:
( བྲིས bris) Tok Pisin:
, rait raitim Tongan:
please add this translation if you can Turkish:
yazmak (tr) Turkmen:
писати ( (uk) pysaty), ( написати napysaty) Urdu:
( لکھنا likhnā) Uyghur:
( يازماق yazmaq) Uzbek:
yozmoq (uz) Venetian:
, scrivar scriver Vietnamese:
viết , (vi) ghi (vi) Walloon:
scrire (wa) Welsh:
ysgrifennu (cy) West Frisian:
( שרײַבן shraybn)
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write ( plural ) writes
( computing ) The operation of storing data, as in memory or onto disk.
How many writes per second can this hard disk handle?
2006, MySQL administrator's guide and language reference (page 393)
In other words, the system can do 1200 reads per second with no
writes, the average write is twice as slow as the average read, and the relationship is linear.
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