Main definitions of script in US English:

: script1script2

script1

noun

  • 1Handwriting 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Underneath it were the words " Animal Martyr " emblazoned in a flowing, Gothic script.’
    • ‘Second, and more significantly, several scholars have remarked that the inscription appears similar to scripts of the later 1300s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Many of the texts came in the form of original handwritten or typed scripts, which often included artists' notations, sketches, and greetings.’
    • ‘At the same time another form of writing, cursive script, was also being developed.’
    handwriting, writing, hand, autograph, pen, letters, longhand, penmanship, calligraphy, chirography
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    1. 1.1 Printed type imitating handwriting.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The font set features 9 unique, historically accurate script fonts.’
      • ‘Working with no clear plan, he brought in dozens of alphabetic letters in various scripts, sizes and colors.’
    2. 1.2 Writing using a particular alphabet.
      ‘Russian script’
      • ‘Urdu uses an Arabic script, but Persian vocabulary and Hindi grammatical structure.’
      • ‘The quality of the Arabic script is quite poor, obviously copied by a Chinese artisan.’
      • ‘By the mid-4th century Coptic script was widely used, and both Coptic and Greek scripts were in use simultaneously.’
      • ‘For example, among the 26 nationalities in Yunnan, there are 11 nationalities that formerly used 24 writing scripts.’
      • ‘Externally, the granite curves of the building's toroidal form are carved with all the scripts of the world.’
      • ‘Which languages, other than Russian, Ukrainian and Byelorussian are written in Cyrillic script?’
      • ‘Thank you so much. but just to make it clear, this is still in English, just in tengwar script.’
  • 2The written text of a play, movie, or broadcast.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here is a rare combination: a clever sitcom script that also contains a wildly inventive, amazingly humorous musical.’
    • ‘Raw video footage was edited and narration was provided from carefully prepared scripts.’
    • ‘So it might actually be a subtle, witty script directed in an imaginative way.’
    • ‘For his part, the chief script writer is understandably opposed to these criticisms.’
    • ‘In the original script he was a cop all the way through.’
    • ‘His repertoire includes movies, too, for which he's written successful scripts, and novels, one of which won the Booker Prize.’
    • ‘His words depressed me to the point where I decided not to pursue script writing, even though I love writing scripts.’
    • ‘The script writer and director ruined the ending of the movie for me.’
    • ‘Nicola loves the ending, Matt the script editor doesn't.’
    • ‘Script writers are chafing, television executives tell you privately that they are helpless.’
    • ‘Rare images of the original shooting script with Truffaut's hand-written annotations.’
    • ‘So I recorded myself reading the original script's narration and put it into the film.’
    • ‘And how many people know how to read film scripts properly?’
    • ‘The director himself has penned the script of the film.’
    • ‘Imagine watching movies, talking movies and writing movie scripts for examinations in college!’
    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.
      • ‘Nor will I defend script kiddies, who generally have no programming skills whatsoever.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One way to do this is to remotely run a simple, undocumented CGI script installed on the drive.’
      • ‘If all else fails, at least I can now test PHP scripts locally!’
    2. 2.2Psychology The social role or behavior appropriate to particular situations that an individual absorbs through cultural influences and association with others.
      • ‘The men and women did not differ in the duration of their ideal scripts for foreplay.’
      • ‘Each, in the language of Simon and Gagnon, with a unique ideal sexual script.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Both partners' ideal scripts and cultural role scripts for foreplay were associated with the performance script for foreplay.’

verb

[with object]
  • Write a script for (a play, movie, or broadcast).

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

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’
      ‘they've suddenly decided to flip the script and speak nothing but straight truth’
      • ‘Designers at New York Fashion Week flipped the script on Friday, incorporating nighttime glamour into daytime classics/’
      • ‘They look at life honestly, then sort of flip the script so that things that could make you cry end up making you laugh.’
      • ‘And to prove I'm no sexist, I'm going to flip the script.’
      • ‘To flip the script, we must first become aware of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Flipping the script, if developing countries were able to increase their share of world exports by just 5 percent, this would generate $700 billion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead they flip the script entirely and drop one of the most intimate and beautiful records I've heard in a while.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A creative who flipped the script and studied art first, Williams turned to acting to support his artistry.’
      • ‘But the president has the opportunity to flip the script.’

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//skript/

Main definitions of script in US English:

: script1script2

script2

noun

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

    • ‘I was in Australia recently and I had forgotten to get a script made out for my medication.’
    • ‘Go the the doc and get a script for it.’
    • ‘‘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.’

Origin

1950s: abbreviation.

Pronunciation

script

/skrɪpt//skript/