/hand"ruy'ting/, n.
1. writing done with a pen or pencil in the hand; script.
2. a style or manner of writing by hand, esp. that which characterizes a particular person; penmanship: an eccentric handwriting.
3. a handwritten document; manuscript.
4. handwriting on the wall, a premonition, portent, or clear indication, esp. of failure or disaster: The company had ignored the handwriting on the wall and was plunged into bankruptcy.
Also, writing on the wall.
[1375-1425; late ME hand writyng; see HAND + WRITING]

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