Writer to the signet
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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  • Writer to the signet — Signet Sig net, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sennet}.] A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer to the Signet — a member of the oldest society of solicitors in Scotland. Members utilise the initials WS after their names. Some firms use an alternative appellation, CS (Clerk to the Signet). The signet in this context is the royal seal. Actions raised in the… …   Law dictionary

  • writer to the signet — Etymology: Middle English : a Scotch judicial officer responsible for preparing warrants, writs, and other documents and being originally a clerk in the office of the secretary of state * * * Writer to the Signet noun A member of the oldest… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Writer to the Signet — n. (In Scotland) judicial officer who prepares writs and warrants and the like …   English contemporary dictionary

  • writer to the Signet — noun historical (in Scotland) a senior solicitor conducting cases in the Court of Session …   English new terms dictionary

  • writer to the signet — A Scottish term for solicitor at law …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Writer of the tallies — 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

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Writer's cramp — 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

  • 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

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