Main definitions of script in English

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noun

  • 1[mass noun] Handwriting as distinct from print; written characters.

    ‘her neat, tidy script’
    • ‘Each scroll was labeled along its edge in the flowing script used in most writing.’
    • ‘Underneath it were the words " Animal Martyr " emblazoned in a flowing, Gothic script.’
    • ‘The fusion of the two ends of the production spectrum - formal and informal - gave rise to one of the most popular book scripts of late Antiquity, half-uncial.’
    • ‘Second, and more significantly, several scholars have remarked that the inscription appears similar to scripts of the later 1300s.’
    • ‘Many of the texts came in the form of original handwritten or typed scripts, which often included artists' notations, sketches, and greetings.’
    • ‘Totally imperforate, the wall is clad in grey granite into which are incised examples of all the world's written communications from runes to barcodes, renaissance scripts to Braille.’
    • ‘At the same time another form of writing, cursive script, was also being developed.’
    • ‘Visitors willing to take the time to decipher the assorted scripts (and on my visits to the show, many did) were afforded a hundred or so intimate glimpses into the lives of strangers.’
    handwriting, writing, hand, autograph, pen, letters, longhand, penmanship, calligraphy, chirography
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    1. 1.1Printed type imitating handwriting.
      • ‘Working with no clear plan, he brought in dozens of alphabetic letters in various scripts, sizes and colors.’
      • ‘The font set features 9 unique, historically accurate script fonts.’
      • ‘If you would like to add the Brush Script Font to your computer follow these steps.’
      • ‘Neo, installed over the outside bar in the garden of Edison's in Tremont, once spelled the prefix so dear to art historians in letters of radically different scripts.’
    2. 1.2[with adjective]Writing using a particular alphabet.
      ‘Russian script’
      • ‘Urdu uses an Arabic script, but Persian vocabulary and Hindi grammatical structure.’
      • ‘Externally, the granite curves of the building's toroidal form are carved with all the scripts of the world.’
      • ‘For example, among the 26 nationalities in Yunnan, there are 11 nationalities that formerly used 24 writing scripts.’
      • ‘The quality of the Arabic script is quite poor, obviously copied by a Chinese artisan.’
      • ‘Thank you so much. but just to make it clear, this is still in English, just in tengwar script.’
      • ‘By the mid-4th century Coptic script was widely used, and both Coptic and Greek scripts were in use simultaneously.’
      • ‘Which languages, other than Russian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian are written in Cyrillic script?’
  • 2The written text of a play, film, or broadcast.

    • ‘So I recorded myself reading the original script's narration and put it into the film.’
    • ‘The best thing about this good play is the poignant and witty script.’
    • ‘In 1987 Paul moved into television full-time, working as both a writer and script editor.’
    • ‘Nicola loves the ending, Matt the script editor doesn't.’
    • ‘His repertoire includes movies, too, for which he's written successful scripts, and novels, one of which won the Booker Prize.’
    • ‘The script writer and director ruined the ending of the movie for me.’
    • ‘For his part, the chief script writer is understandably opposed to these criticisms.’
    • ‘Rare images of the original shooting script with Truffaut's hand-written annotations.’
    • ‘His words depressed me to the point where I decided not to pursue script writing, even though I love writing scripts.’
    • ‘In the original script he was a cop all the way through.’
    • ‘So it might actually be a subtle, witty script directed in an imaginative way.’
    • ‘Script writers are chafing, television executives tell you privately that they are helpless.’
    • ‘Raw video footage was edited and narration was provided from carefully prepared scripts.’
    • ‘The director himself has penned the script of the film.’
    • ‘Imagine watching movies, talking movies and writing movie scripts for examinations in college!’
    • ‘Here is a rare combination: a clever sitcom script that also contains a wildly inventive, amazingly humorous musical.’
    • ‘And how many people know how to read film scripts properly?’
    text, book, screenplay, libretto, lyrics, score, lines, parts, dialogue, words, manuscript
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    1. 2.1Computing
      An automated series of instructions carried out in a specific order.
      • ‘So I decided to write my own Perl script to do the job.’
      • ‘Instead, we can edit the system start-up script.’
      • ‘Learn to read shell scripts and follow their workings.’
      • ‘If all else fails, at least I can now test PHP scripts locally!’
      • ‘One way to do this is to remotely run a simple, undocumented CGI script installed on the drive.’
      • ‘Nor will I defend script kiddies, who generally have no programming skills whatsoever.’
    2. 2.2Psychology
      The social role or behaviour appropriate to particular situations that an individual absorbs through cultural influences and association with others.
      • ‘Both partners' ideal scripts and cultural role scripts for foreplay were associated with the performance script for foreplay.’
      • ‘The men and women did not differ in the duration of their ideal scripts for foreplay.’
      • ‘The space distils natural forces and uses them to provide a continuously changing stage-set on which people starting out in life can write their own scripts.’
      • ‘Each, in the language of Simon and Gagnon, with a unique ideal sexual script.’
  • 3British A candidate's written answers in an examination.

    • ‘Each of the unitary awarding bodies addressed the need to modernise the system for marking exam scripts by developing an electronic marking process’
    • ‘There will not be an opportunity for students to access their exam scripts until after the deadline has passed.’
    • ‘Part of a lecturer's job will be the assessment of students and, as such, the marking of examination scripts would, without doubt, be seen as reasonably incidental to the job.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Write a script for (a play, film, or broadcast)

    ‘it was perfectly scripted and beautifully acted’
    • ‘Two-way communication is still heavily scripted, with callers asked to fill in the blanks.’
    • ‘If you were a television screenplay writer, you couldn't have scripted it better.’
    • ‘No one could have scripted the drama, excitement and emotions which swept over Hyde Park on Sunday afternoon.’
    • ‘The seemingly banal ramblings of this loveable loser are beautifully scripted.’
    • ‘The series was soundly researched and well scripted, with stunning costumes and convincing sets.’
    • ‘I did a lot of travelling, I went to Russia, I scripted a film.’
    • ‘Now my tightly scripted movie falls apart, and it's improvise from here on out.’
    • ‘Could anyone have scripted it better than that?’
    • ‘As an action-adventure flick, it's too obviously scripted to generate much real tension.’
    • ‘Instead, we've got vehicles that serve as scripted events!’
    • ‘His abhorrence of presumed criminal accomplices within the black robed fraternity has been well scripted.’
    • ‘Evelyn Waugh couldn't have scripted it better.’
    • ‘The commentary is obviously scripted, but the material is compelling.’
    • ‘I've decided the whole thing is horribly funny - but heavily scripted.’
    • ‘For a stage show, this feels a lot like tightly scripted TV.’
    • ‘But the dialogue is so poorly scripted that in places the audience snigger at supposedly profound moments.’
    • ‘Rarely will you see apparent anarchy and carefully scripted comedy so happily married.’
    • ‘Just as ridiculous as the teary dialogue he shares with his poorly scripted wife.’
    • ‘Documentaries can be as heavily scripted as fictional movies.’

Phrases

  • flip the script

    • informal Reverse the usual or existing positions in a situation; do something unexpected or revolutionary.

      ‘Campbell flips the script on the old beauty-and-the-beast formula’
      ‘she decided to flip the script and ask her boyfriend of eight years to marry her’
      • ‘A creative who flipped the script and studied art first, Williams turned to acting to support his artistry.’
      • ‘Sometimes one of us will come out in the conversation saying something in Spanish and flip the script because some things are easier to say or understand in Spanish than others.’
      • ‘Taking their name from the Italian version of the Transformers TV show, this Berlin-based duo are out to flip the script on popular music.’
      • ‘But the president has the opportunity to flip the script.’
      • ‘And to prove I'm no sexist, I'm going to flip the script.’
      • ‘Blending soul, jazz, funk, deep house and Latin grooves, the Movement crew is pretty much responsible for flipping the script in Toronto's club scene, injecting it with a refreshing dose of deep, organic tunes.’
      • ‘They look at life honestly, then sort of flip the script so that things that could make you cry end up making you laugh.’
      • ‘Instead they flip the script entirely and drop one of the most intimate and beautiful records I've heard in a while.’
      • ‘Season two seems to have started with a bang: they did an admirable job of flipping the script on a lot of the season one stuff.’
      • ‘To flip the script, we must first become aware of it.’
      • ‘Her intent, then, is to "flip the script", reverse the male gaze in popular music, and give women a voice where they were initially denied one.’
      • ‘First let me flip the script a little bit and name a genre rather than a person.’
      • ‘Designers at New York Fashion Week flipped the script on Friday, incorporating nighttime glamour into daytime classics/’
      • ‘He flips the script on bourgois geekiness and takes it to a whole new level.’
      • ‘In a nation where celebrities become politicians, here is one man who has flipped the script.’
      • ‘Flipping the script, if developing countries were able to increase their share of world exports by just 5 percent, this would generate $700 billion.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘something written’): shortening of Old French escript, from Latin scriptum, neuter past participle (used as a noun) of scribere write.

Pronunciation:

script

/skrɪpt/

Main definitions of script in English

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script2

noun

informal
  • A doctor's prescription, especially one for narcotic drugs.

    scrip
    • ‘‘It is not about convenience and it's not about saving dollars, it's about the best clinical action of writing a script for a patient,’ she said.’
    • ‘Go the the doc and get a script for it.’
    • ‘I was in Australia recently and I had forgotten to get a script made out for my medication.’

Origin

1950s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation:

script

/skrɪpt/