1. [syn: orthography, writing system]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Orthography \Or*thog"ra*phy\, n. [OE. ortographie, OF.
orthographie, L. orthographia, Gr. ?, fr. ? writing
correctly; 'orqo`s right + gra`fein to write. See Ortho-,
1. The art or practice of writing words with the proper
letters, according to standard usage; conventionally
correct spelling; also, mode of spelling; as, his
orthography is vicious.
When spelling no longer follows the pronunciation,
but is hardened into orthography. --Earle.
2. The part of grammar which treats of the letters, and of
the art of spelling words correctly.
3. A drawing in correct projection, especially an elevation
or a vertical section.
4. The method of spelling the words of a particular language;
the system of symbols used for writing a language.
5. The branch of linguistics concerned with how languages are
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a method of representing the sounds of a language by
written or printed symbols [syn: orthography, writing
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):
ORTHOGRAPHY, n. The science of spelling by the eye instead of the
ear. Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every
asylum for the insane. They have had to concede a few things since
the time of Chaucer, but are none the less hot in defence of those to
be conceded hereafter.
A spelling reformer indicted
For fudge was before the court cicted.
The judge said: "Enough --
His candle we'll snough,
And his sepulchre shall not be whicted."