1. A handwritten book, poem, or other document, or a collection of such handwritten documents bound together: The contents of the manuscript include a romance and a saint's life.
2. A version of a book, article, or other work before being published or prepared for publication: The author submitted the manuscript as a text file.
3. Handwriting, especially in contrast to print: Her last poems were left in manuscript.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
Thousands of entries in the dictionary include etymologies that trace their origins back to reconstructed proto-languages. You can obtain more information about these forms in our online appendices:
The Indo-European appendix covers nearly half of the Indo-European roots that have left their mark on English words. A more complete treatment of Indo-European roots and the English words derived from them is available in our Dictionary of Indo-European Roots.