- the writing of an electronic document 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 passage 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 authored a history of the Civil War.
- to originate; create a design for: She authored a new system for teaching chemistry.
Origin of author
Examples from the Web for authoring
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
October 10, 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
May 10, 2011
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
- the creation of documents, esp multimedia documents
- (as modifier)an authoring tool
- a person who composes a book, article, or other written workRelated adjective: auctorial
- a person who writes books as a profession; writer
- the writings of such a personreviewing a postwar author
- an originator or creatorthe author of this plan
- to write or originate
Word Origin and History for authoring
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 assumption 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 spacious 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: Authored; authoring.