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A handwritten list of Anglican bishops of England, probably copied from a 17th-century book called Angliæ Notitia, or The Present State of England


hand +‎ writing


  • IPA(key): /ˈhændɹaɪtɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: hand‧writ‧ing


handwriting (usually uncountable, plural handwritings)

  1. The act or process of writing done with the hand, rather than typed or word-processed.
  2. The characteristic writing of a particular person.
    • 1895, F. Marion Crawford, Taquisara[1]:
      It was still early in the morning when Elettra brought her a letter, bearing the postmark of the city, and addressed in one of those small, clear handwritings which seem naturally to belong to scholars and students.
    • 1893, Joseph B. Lightfoot, Essays on "Supernatural Religion"[2]:
      In some handwritings of the seventh or eighth century, where the letters have a round form, the substitution of OT for EG would be far from difficult.
    • 1914, P. S. Allen, The Age of Erasmus[3]:
      Great libraries are only just beginning to gather up the manuscript minutiae which their books contain; to identify handwritings; to decipher monograms; to collect facts.
  3. Text that was written by hand.


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  1. present participle of handwrite