writing ( writings plural )
1 n-uncount Writing is something that has been written or printed.
`It's from a notebook,' the sheriff said, `And there's writing on it.'..., If you have a complaint about your holiday, please inform us in writing.
2 n-uncount You can refer to any piece of written work as writing, especially when you are considering the style of language used in it.
The writing is brutally tough and savagely humorous..., It was such a brilliant piece of writing.
3 n-uncount Writing is the activity of writing, especially of writing books for money.
She had begun to be a little bored with novel writing., ...activities to help prepare children for writing.
4 n-uncount Your writing is the way that you write with a pen or pencil, which can usually be recognized as belonging to you.
usu poss N
It was a little difficult to read your writing..., I think it's due to being left handed that he's got terrible writing.
5 n-plural An author's writings are all the things that he or she has written, especially on a particular subject.
usu with poss
Althusser's writings are focused mainly on France..., The pieces he is reading are adapted from the writings of Michael Frayn.
6 If you say that the writing is on the wall, you mean that there are clear signs that a situation is going to become very difficult or unpleasant.
the writing is on the wall phrase V inflects The writing is clearly on the wall. If we do nothing about it, we shall only have ourselves to blame.
In language teaching, when students do guided writing activities, they are given an outline in words or pictures to help them write. n-uncount oft N n
...some guided writing tasks.
writing desk ( writing desks plural ) A writing desk is a piece of furniture with drawers, an area for keeping writing materials, and a surface on which you can rest your paper while writing. n-count
writing paper ( writing papers plural ) Writing paper is paper for writing letters on. It is usually of good, smooth quality. n-mass