authoring

[aw-ther-ing]

noun Computers.

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.

Nearby words

  1. author,
  2. author catalog,
  3. author's alteration,
  4. authoress,
  5. authorial,
  6. authorisation,
  7. authorise,
  8. authoritarian,
  9. authoritarian personality,
  10. authoritarianism

author

[aw-ther]

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

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

1250–1300; earlier auct(h)or < Latin auctor writer, progenitor, equivalent to aug(ēre) to increase, augment + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English auto(u)r < Anglo-French, for Old French autor < Latin, as above

Related formsau·tho·ri·al [aw-thawr-ee-uh l, aw-thohr-] /ɔˈθɔr i əl, ɔˈθoʊr-/, adjectiveau·thor·less, adjectivemul·ti·au·thored, adjectivepro·au·thor, adjective

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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|Lizzie Crocker|October 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • And yet the game did not quite make you feel as though you were authoring your own history, as previous Civilization games had.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for authoring

authoring

noun

computing
  1. the creation of documents, esp multimedia documents
  2. (as modifier)an authoring tool

author

noun

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

verb (tr)

to write or originate
Derived Formsauthorial (ɔːˈθɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for author

C14: from Old French autor, from Latin auctor author, from augēre to increase

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Word Origin and History for authoring
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