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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Writ  \Writ\,  obs. 
  3d  pers.  sing.  pres.  of  {Write},  for  writeth  --Chaucer. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Writ  \Writ\,  archaic 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  of  {Write}.  --Dryden. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Writ  \Writ\,  n.  [AS.  writ,  gewrit  See  {Write}.] 
  1.  That  which  is  written;  writing;  scripture;  --  applied 
  especially  to  the  Scriptures,  or  the  books  of  the  Old  and 
  New  testaments;  as  sacred  writ.  ``Though  in  Holy  Writ  not 
  named.''  --Milton. 
  Then  to  his  hands  that  writ  he  did  betake,  Which  he 
  disclosing  read,  thus  as  the  paper  spake.  --Spenser. 
  Babylon,  so  much  spoken  of  in  Holy  Writ.  --Knolles. 
  2.  (Law)  An  instrument  in  writing,  under  seal,  in  an 
  epistolary  form  issued  from  the  proper  authority, 
  commanding  the  performance  or  nonperformance  of  some  act 
  by  the  person  to  whom  it  is  directed;  as  a  writ  of  entry, 
  of  error,  of  execution,  of  injunction,  of  mandamus,  of 
  return,  of  summons,  and  the  like 
  Note:  Writs  are  usually  witnessed,  or  tested,  in  the  name  of 
  the  chief  justice  or  principal  judge  of  the  court  out 
  of  which  they  are  issued;  and  those  directed  to  a 
  sheriff,  or  other  ministerial  officer,  require  him  to 
  return  them  on  a  day  specified.  In  former  English  law 
  and  practice,  writs  in  civil  cases  were  either  original 
  or  judicial;  the  former  were  issued  out  of  the  Court  of 
  Chancery,  under  the  great  seal,  for  the  summoning  of  a 
  defendant  to  appear,  and  were  granted  before  the  suit 
  began  and  in  order  to  begin  the  same  the  latter  were 
  issued  out  of  the  court  where  the  original  was 
  returned,  after  the  suit  was  begun  and  during  the 
  pendency  of  it  Tomlins  Brande.  Encyc.  Brit.  The  term 
  writ  is  supposed  by  Mr  Reeves  to  have  been  derived 
  from  the  fact  of  these  formul[ae]  having  always  been 
  expressed  in  writing,  being  in  this  respect, 
  distinguished  from  the  other  proceedings  in  the  ancient 
  action  which  were  conducted  orally. 
  {Writ  of  account},  {Writ  of  capias},  etc  See  under 
  {Account},  {Capias},  etc 
  {Service  of  a  writ}.  See  under  {Service}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Write  \Write\,  v.  t.  [imp.  {Wrote};  p.  p.  {Written};  Archaic 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  {Writ};  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Writing}.]  [OE.  writen, 
  AS  wr[=i]tan;  originally,  to  scratch,  to  score;  akin  to  OS 
  wr[=i]tan  to  write,  to  tear,  to  wound,  D.  rijten  to  tear,  to 
  rend,  G.  reissen  OHG.  r[=i]zan,  Icel.  r[=i]ta  to  write, 
  Goth.  writs  a  stroke,  dash,  letter.  Cf  {Race}  tribe, 
  1.  To  set  down  as  legible  characters;  to  form  the  conveyance 
  of  meaning;  to  inscribe  on  any  material  by  a  suitable 
  instrument;  as  to  write  the  characters  called  letters;  to 
  write  figures. 
  2.  To  set  down  for  reading;  to  express  in  legible  or 
  intelligible  characters;  to  inscribe;  as  to  write  a  deed; 
  to  write  a  bill  of  divorcement;  hence  specifically,  to 
  set  down  in  an  epistle;  to  communicate  by  letter. 
  Last  night  she  enjoined  me  to  write  some  lines  to 
  one  she  loves.  --Shak. 
  I  chose  to  write  the  thing  I  durst  not  speak  To  her 
  I  loved.  --Prior. 
  3.  Hence  to  compose  or  produce,  as  an  author. 
  I  purpose  to  write  the  history  of  England  from  the 
  accession  of  King  James  the  Second  down  to  a  time 
  within  the  memory  of  men  still  living.  --Macaulay. 
  4.  To  impress  durably;  to  imprint;  to  engrave;  as  truth 
  written  on  the  heart. 
  5.  To  make  known  by  writing;  to  record;  to  prove  by  one's  own 
  written  testimony;  --  often  used  reflexively. 
  He  who  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.  --Milton. 
  {To  write  to},  to  communicate  by  a  written  document  to 
  {Written  laws},  laws  deriving  their  force  from  express 
  legislative  enactment,  as  contradistinguished  from 
  unwritten,  or  common,  law.  See  the  Note  under  {Law},  and 
  {Common  law},  under  {Common},  a. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  legal  document  issued  by  a  court  or  judicial  officer  [syn: 
  {judicial  writ}] 

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