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Definitions of author

  1. be the author of; "She authored this play" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The editor of a periodical. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An informant. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To occasion; to originate. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To tell; to say; to declare. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. In terms of copyright protection, either the person who creates the work, the person or business that pays another to create the work in an employment context or the person or business that commissions the work under a valid work for hire contract. For example, a songwriter may write a song, but if he is employed by a company to do so, the company is the author of that song for copyright purposes.
  11. The beginner of anything; a creator; one who writes a book; one who makes a profession of writing; a composer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Authoress. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. One who originates or brings into being: a beginner or first mover: the writer of an original book:-fem. AUTHORESS. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. One who produces; an originator; the writer of a book. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. An originator; creator; the original writer, as of a book; also, one who makes a profession of writing. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. One who produces, creates, or brings into being; the beginner, or first mover; the cause; one who composes or writes a book. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. One who creates or produces; a first mover; a writer of a book. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. One who produces, by his own intellectual labor applied to the materials of his composition, an arrangement or compilation new in itself. Atwill v. Ferrett, 2 Blatchf. 39, Fed. Cas. No. 640; Nottage v. Jackson, 11 Q. B. Div. 637; Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U. S. 53, 4 Sup. Ct. 279, 28 L. Ed. 349. thelawdictionary.org
  19. awth'or, n. one who originates or brings anything into being: a beginner or first mover of any action or state of things: the writer of an original book: elliptically for an author's writings: one's authority for something: an informant:--fem. AUTH'ORESS.--adjs. AUTH[=O]'RIAL, AUTH'ORISH; AUTHOR[=I]S'ABLE.--n. AUTHORIS[=A]'TION.--v.t. AUTH'ORISE, to give authority to: to sanction: to permit: to justify: to establish by authority.--adj. AUTH'ORLESS, anonymous.--ns. AUTH'ORLING, a petty author; AUTH'ORSHIP, AUTH'ORING, AUTH'ORISM, state or quality of being an author. [Through Fr. from L. auctor--aug[=e]re, auctum, to cause things to increase, to produce.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Originator (of a condition of things, event, &c.); writer of book, treatise, &c.; (loosely) author\'s writings. Hence authoress n., authorial a. [Anglo-French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. n. [Latin] The beginner, or first mover of anything; the efficient cause; creator; –specifically, one who composes a book; a writer in general. Cabinet Dictionary
  22. The first beginner or mover of any thing; the efficient, he that effects or produces any thing; the first writer of any thing; a writer in general. Complete Dictionary

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