the writing of an electronic doc-ment or software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application (often used attributively):
the best authoring tools for creating your own website.
a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc.; the composer of a literary work, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
the literary production or productions of a writer:
to find a p-ssage in an author.
the maker of anything; creator; originator:
the author of a new tax plan.
computers. the writer of a software program, especially a hypertext or multimedia application.
to write; be the author of:
he auth-r-d a history of the civil war.
to originate; create a design for:
she auth-r-d a new system for teaching chemistry.
contemporary examples

he boasts of authoring “numerous” gps patents and filing 47 trademarks with the united states patent and trademark office.
the bully waging war against bullies lizzie crocker october 9, 2013

and yet the game did not quite make you feel as though you were authoring your own history, as previous civilization games had.
facebook after farmville ben crair may 9, 2011

historical examples

yes, isn’t it strange that her “authoring” seemed to fall off after her first book—or that it failed to improve, at least?
creditors; pariah august strindberg


the creation of doc-ments, esp multimedia doc-ments
(as modifier): an authoring tool

a person who composes a book, article, or other written work related adjective auctorial
a person who writes books as a profession; writer
the writings of such a person: reviewing a postwar author
an originator or creator: the author of this plan
verb (transitive)
to write or originate

c.1300, autor “father,” from old french auctor, acteor “author, originator, creator, instigator (12c., modern french auteur), from latin auctorem (nominative auctor) “enlarger, founder, master, leader,” literally “one who causes to grow,” agent noun from auctus, past participle of augere “to increase” (see augment). meaning “one who sets forth written statements” is from late 14c. the -t- changed to -th- 16c. on mistaken -ssumption of greek origin.

…[w]riting means revealing onesself to excess …. this is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why even night is not night enough. … i have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a sp-cious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp. food would be brought and always put down far away from my room, outside the cellar’s outermost door. the walk to my food, in my dressing gown, through the vaulted cellars, would be my only exercise. i would then return to my table, eat slowly and with deliberation, then start writing again at once. and how i would write! from what depths i would drag it up! [franz kafka]


1590s, from author (n.). revived 1940s, chiefly u.s. related: auth-r-d; authoring.

creating a hypertext or hypermedia doc-ment.

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