From Средњи Енглески scribe, from Стари Француски scribe (“scribe”), from Рани Латински usage of scriba (“secretary”) (used in Vulgate to render Ancient Greek γραμματεύς (grammateús, “scribe, secretary”), which had been used in its turn to render the Hebrew סופר (“writer, scholar”)) from scribere (“to write, draw, draw up, draft (a paper), enlist, enroll, levy; orig. to scratch”), probably akin to scrobs (“a ditch, trench, grave”).
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scribe (plural scribes)
- Someone who writes; a draughtsperson; a writer for another; especially, an official or public writer; an amanuensis, secretary, notary, or copyist.
- (archaic) A writer and doctor of the law; one skilled in the law and traditions; one who read and explained the law to the people.
- A very sharp, steel drawing implement used in engraving and etching, a scriber.
- (in particular) A journalist.
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- To write.
- To write, engrave, or mark upon; to inscribe.
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- To record.
- To write or draw with a scribe.
- (carpentry) 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 moulding, etc.; so called because the workman marks, or scribes, with the compasses the line that he afterwards cuts.
- To score or mark with compasses or a scribing iron.
- scribe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- scribe in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911