Writer's spasm
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • writer's spasm — noun see writer s cramp * * * writer s cramp, writer s palsy, or writer s spasm, pain and spasm of the muscles of the hand and fingers resulting from their excessive use in writing …   Useful english dictionary

  • 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

  • writer's cramp — noun muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil • Syn: ↑graphospasm • Hypernyms: ↑spasm, ↑cramp, ↑muscle spasm * * * noun also writer s palsy …   Useful english dictionary

  • writer's palsy — noun see writer s cramp * * * writer s cramp, writer s palsy, or writer s spasm, pain and spasm of the muscles of the hand and fingers resulting from their excessive use in writing …   Useful english dictionary

  • Writer's cramp — Classification and external resources ICD 10 F48.8, G25.8 ICD 9 …   Wikipedia

  • 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 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 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • writer'scramp — writer s cramp n. pl. writers cramps A cramp or spasm of the muscles of the fingers, hand, and forearm during writing. * * * …   Universalium

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