Manuscript Man"u*script, n. [LL. manuscriptum, lit., something written with the hand. See {Manuscript}, a.] 1. An original literary or musical composition written by the author, formerly with the hand, now usually by typewriter or word processor. It is contrasted with a printed copy. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. Writing, as opposed to print; as, the book exists only in manuscript. --Craik. [1913 Webster]

Note: The word is often abbreviated to MS., plural MSS. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.