A manuscript is any document written by hand, as opposed to being printed or reproduced in some other way. Before the arrival of printing, all documents and books were manuscripts. In publishing and academic contexts, a manuscript is the text submitted to the publisher or printer in preparation for publication, regardless of the format. Until recently a typescript prepared on a typewriter was usual, but today a digital file with a printout, prepared in manuscript format is most common. Manuscripts are normally required by publishing companies before being published.
1. handwritten book: a book or other text written by hand, especially one written before the invention of printing
rare medieval manuscripts
2. author's original text: an author's text for a book, article, or other piece of written work as it is submitted for publication
3. handwriting: handwriting as opposed to the printed word