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Scribe Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    Scribe n
  1. French playwright (1791-1861) [syn: Augustin Eugene Scribe]
  2. informal terms for journalists [syn: scribbler, penman]
  3. someone employed to make written copies of documents and manuscripts [syn: copyist, scrivener]
  4. a sharp-pointed awl for marking wood or metal to be cut [syn: scriber, scratch awl] v : score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
Scribe Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Scribe \Scribe\, v. i. To make a mark. With the separated points of a pair of spring dividers scribe around the edge of the templet. --A. M. Mayer.
Scribe Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Scribe \Scribe\ (skr[imac]b), n. [L. scriba, fr. scribere to write; cf. Gr. ska`rifos a splinter, pencil, style (for writing), E. scarify. Cf. Ascribe, Describe, Script, Scrivener, Scrutoire.]
  1. One who writes; a draughtsman; a writer for another; especially, an offical or public writer; an amanuensis or secretary; a notary; a copyist.
  2. (Jewish Hist.) A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
Scribe Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Scribe \Scribe\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Scribed; p. pr. & vb. n. Scribing.]
  1. To write, engrave, or mark upon; to inscribe. --Spenser.
  2. (Carp.) To cut (anything) in such a way as to fit closely to a somewhat irregular surface, as a baseboard to a floor which is out of level, a board to the curves of a molding, or the like; -- so called because the workman marks, or scribe, with the compasses the line that he afterwards cuts.
  3. To score or mark with compasses or a scribing iron. Scribing iron, an iron-pointed instrument for scribing, or marking, casks and logs.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Scribe'


A scribe is a person who writes books or documents by hand as a profession and helps the city keep track of its records. The profession, previously found in all literate cultures in some form, lost most of its importance and status with the advent of printing. The work could involve copying books, including sacred texts, or secretarial and administrative duties such as taking of dictation and the keeping of business, judicial and historical records for kings, nobility, temples and cities. Later the profession developed into public servants, journalists, accountants, typists, and lawyers. In societies with low literacy rates, such as India, street corner letter-writers (and readers) may still be found providing a service.

The Ancient Egyptian scribe, or sesh,

Much of what is known about ancient Egypt is due to the activities of its scribes. Monumental buildings were erected under their supervision,

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