Hypertext Webster Gateway: "author"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Author \Au"thor\ ([add]"th[~e]r), n. [OE. authour, autour, OF.
autor, F. auteur, fr. L. auctor, sometimes, but erroneously,
written autor or author, fr. augere to increase, to produce.
See {Auction}, n.]
1. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence,
the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Author \Au"thor\ ([add]"th[~e]r), v. t.
1. To occasion; to originate. [Obs.]

Such an overthrow . . . I have authored. --Chapman.

2. To tell; to say; to declare. [Obs.]

More of him I dare not author. --Massinger.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: writes (books or stories or articles or the like)
professionally (for pay) [syn: {writer}]
2: someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he
was the generator of several complaints" [syn: {generator},
v : be the author of; "She authored this play"

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