1. The act or art of forming letters and characters on paper, wood, stone, or other material, for the purpose of recording the ideas which characters and words express, or of communicating them to others by visible signs.
3. Handwriting; chirography. Writing book, a book for practice in penmanship. Writing desk, a desk with a sloping top for writing upon; also, a case containing writing materials, and used in a similar manner. Writing lark, a bond. Writing paper, paper intended for writing upon with ink, usually finished with a smooth surface, and sized. Writing school, a school for instruction in penmanship. Writing table, a table fitted or used for writing upon.