scrivener's palsy
Writer Writ"er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster]

They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. --Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster]

My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. --Ps. xlv. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is engaged in literary composition as a profession; an author; as, a writer of novels. [1913 Webster]

This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth defile. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East India Company, who, after serving a certain number of years, became a factor. [1913 Webster]

{Writer of the tallies} (Eng. Law), an officer of the exchequer of England, who acted as clerk to the auditor of the receipt, and wrote the accounts upon the tallies from the tellers' bills. The use of tallies in the exchequer has been abolished. --Wharton (Law. Dict.)

{Writer's cramp}, {Writer's palsy} or {Writer's spasm} (Med.), a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing, violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also {scrivener's palsy}.

{Writer to the signet}. See under {Signet}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Scrivener's palsy — Palsy Pal sy, n.; pl. {Palsies}. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See {Paralysis}.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See {Paralysis}. One sick of the palsy. Mark ii. 3. [1913 Webster] {Bell s palsy},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrivener's palsy — Scrivener Scrive ner (? or ?), n. [From older scrivein, OF. escrivain, F. [ e]crivain, LL. scribanus, from L. scribere to write. See {Scribe}.] 1. A professional writer; one whose occupation is to draw contracts or prepare writings. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrivener's palsy — noun : writer s cramp * * * scrivener s palsy noun Writer s cramp • • • Main Entry: ↑scrivener …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrivener's palsy — writer s blindness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Bell's palsy — Palsy Pal sy, n.; pl. {Palsies}. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See {Paralysis}.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See {Paralysis}. One sick of the palsy. Mark ii. 3. [1913 Webster] {Bell s palsy},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer's palsy — Writer Writ er, n. [AS. wr[=i]tere.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk. [1913 Webster] They [came] that handle the pen of the writer. Judg. v. 14. [1913 Webster] My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Ps. xlv. 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Palsy — Pal sy, n.; pl. {Palsies}. [OE. palesie, parlesy, OF. paralesie, F. paralysie, L. paralysis. See {Paralysis}.] (Med.) Paralysis, complete or partial. See {Paralysis}. One sick of the palsy. Mark ii. 3. [1913 Webster] {Bell s palsy}, paralysis of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Scrivener — Scrive ner (? or ?), n. [From older scrivein, OF. escrivain, F. [ e]crivain, LL. scribanus, from L. scribere to write. See {Scribe}.] 1. A professional writer; one whose occupation is to draw contracts or prepare writings. Shak. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scrivener —   n. writer out of documents; lawyer.    ♦ scrivener s palsy, writer s cramp.    ♦ scrivenery, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Palsy — Paralysis, generally partial, whereby a local body area is incapable of voluntary movement (motor function). For example, Bell’s palsy is localized paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face. The word “palsy” is a corruption (and… …   Medical dictionary

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