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English Dictionary: 'Writ' by the DICT Development Group
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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. [bd]Though in Holy Writ
            not named.[b8] --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[91] 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[c6]tan; originally, to scratch, to score; akin to OS.
      wr[c6]tan to write, to tear, to wound, D. rijten to tear, to
      rend, G. reissen, OHG. r[c6]zan, Icel. r[c6]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.
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