What does Author mean?
Definitions for Author
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writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
generator, source, authorverb
someone who originates or causes or initiates something
"he was the generator of several complaints"
be the author of
"She authored this play"
The originator or creator of a work, especially of a literary composition.
Someone who writes books for a living; a bookwright.
To create a work as its author.
Etymology: From autour, from autor, from auctor, from augeo. The is unetymological as there is no in the original Latin spelling. This may be from the spelling autheur.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: auctor, Lat.
That law, the author and observer whereof is one only God, to be blessed for ever. Richard Hooker, b. i.
The author of that which causeth another thing to be, is author of that thing also which thereby is caused. Richard Hooker, b. iii.
Be such a gosling to obey instinct; but stand
As if a man was author of himself,
And knew no other kin. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.
Thou art my father, thou my author, thou
My being gav’st me; whom should I obey,
But thee? John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.
But Faunus came from Picus, Picus drew
His birth from Saturn, if records be true.
Thus king Latinus, in the third degree,
Had Saturn author of his family. John Dryden, Æneid vii.
If the worship of false Gods had not blinded the heathen, instead of teaching to worship the sun, and dead heroes, they would have taught us to worship our true Author and benefactor, as their ancestors did under the government of Noah and his sons, before they corrupted themselves. Isaac Newton, Opticks.
That which is the strength of their amity, shall prove the immediate author of their variance. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopat.
Now while the tortur’d savage turns around,
And flings about his foam, impatient of the wound;
The wound’s great author close at hand provokes
His rage. John Dryden, Fables.
From his loins
New authors of dissention spring; from him
Two branches, that in hosting long contend
For sov’reign sway. Philips.
To stand upon every point in particulars, belongeth to the first author of the story. 2 Macc. ii. 30.
An author has the choice of his own thoughts and words, which a translator has not. Dryden.
Yet their own authors faithfully affirm,
That the land Salike lies in Germany. William Shakespeare, Henry V.
An author is the writer of a book, article, play, or other written work. A broader definition of the word "author" states: "An author is 'the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created.'"Typically, the first owner of a copyright is the person who created the work, i.e. the author. If more than one person created the work (i.e., multiple authors), then a case of joint authorship takes place. Copyright laws differ around the world. The United States Copyright Office, for example, defines copyright as "a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to authors of 'original works of authorship.'"
the beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator
one who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler
the editor of a periodical
to occasion; to originate
to tell; to say; to declare
Etymology: [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.]
An author is broadly defined as "the person who originated or gave existence to anything" and whose authorship determines responsibility for what was created. Narrowly defined, an author is the originator of any written work.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. Authō′rial, Auth′orish; Authorīs′able.—n. Authorisā′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—augēre, auctum, to cause things to increase, to produce.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'Author' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2298
Rank popularity for the word 'Author' in Nouns Frequency: #683
The numerical value of Author in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of Author in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Examples of Author in a Sentence
God is not the author of confusion, everything that he says is the sure word, it is constant.
I intend to support Gina Haspel to serve as the first female Director of the CIA, ms. Haspel has rejected the interrogation policies of the past. She is fully committed to following the law that prevents future abuses. This law, among others, includes the Detainee Treatment Act which I helped author. Gina Haspel should be confirmed as soon as possible as we live in a time of continuing threats.
The great work must inevitably be obscure, except to the very few, to those who like the author himself are initiated into the mysteries. Communication then is secondary: it is perpetuation which is important. For this only one good reader is necessary.
A few months ago, Yi-Kai Tea( our first author) received( remotely operated vehicle) footage from Chagos showing adults, which were very different from the adults from the Maldives, that's when we decided that the species from the Maldives was new and different from C. rubrisquamis.
As the author of a work, I don't relinquish author-ity to just any critic, particularly not to people whose work I've not read or don't respect; those biased by envy are the least relevant, and grounded grammarians who strangle or sterilize under a banner of superiority are a close second.
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Translations for Author
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- avtor, müəllifAzerbaijani
- създавам, а́втор, творе́ц, творяBulgarian
- autora, autorCatalan, Valencian
- Autor, AutorinGerman
- δημιουργός, συγγράφωGreek
- aŭtoro, verkinto, aŭtori, verkiEsperanto
- escribir, escritor, escritora, autor, autoraSpanish
- پدیدآورنده, مؤلفPersian
- tekijä, kirjoittaja, tehdä, kirjoittaa, luodaFinnish
- rithøvundur, høvundurFaroese
- auteur, écrire, créerFrench
- ùghdarScottish Gaelic
- लेखक, लेखिकाHindi
- otèHaitian Creole
- höfundur, rithöfundurIcelandic
- autore, autriceItalian
- 著す, 作者, 作家, 著者Japanese
- 저자, 작가Korean
- autorius, autorėLithuanian
- लेखक, लेखिकाMarathi
- schrijfster, auteur, schrijverDutch
- forfattarNorwegian Nynorsk
- autorka, autorPolish
- autor, crea, scrie, autoareRomanian
- а́втор, созда́тель, творе́цRussian
- àutorica, аутор, àutor, ауторицаSerbo-Croatian
- avtor, avtoricaSlovene
- författa, författare, upphovsmanSwedish
- நூலாசிரியர், படைப்பாளர்Tamil
- yazar, müellifTurkish
- tác giảVietnamese
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