• WordNet 3.6
    • v author be the author of "She authored this play"
    • n author someone who originates or causes or initiates something "he was the generator of several complaints"
    • n author writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The local authority The local authority
The Author The Author
The author doing a little washing on his own account The author doing a little washing on his own account
"His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority." "His hand closed again upon the sceptre of authority."
The author reads his work to the people in the salon The author reads his work to the people in the salon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: MS-DOS was originally calle QDOS and was bought of the author by Microsoft for a small fee. The rest is history
    • Author An informant.
    • Author One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler. "The chief glory of every people arises from its authors ."
    • Author The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator. "Eternal King; thee, Author of all being."
    • Author The editor of a periodical.
    • Author To occasion; to originate. "Such an overthrow . . . I have authored ."
    • Author To tell; to say; to declare. "More of him I dare not author ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Author Robert May considered the names of Reginald and Rollo before he settled on "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer."
    • n author The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; he to whom something owes its origin; originator; creator; efficient cause: as, God is the author of the universe.
    • n author Cause: applied to things.
    • n author The original composer of a book or writing of any kind, as distinguished from a compiler, translator, editor, or copyist.
    • n author [Often used elliptically for the literary production itself: as, the statement occurs in Pliny and other ancient authors.]
    • n author An editor: as, the author of the Gentleman's Magazine.
    • n author A person who authorizes a statement; an authority; an informant.
    • n author In Scots law, one from whom a title to property is derived either by inheritance or otherwise; especially, one from whom title is derived by purchase or otherwise than by way of descent.
    • author To occasion; effect; do.
    • author To be authority for; vouch for.
    • n author plural A game of cards played with a special pack bearing the names of authors and their works. The pack is dealt out one at a time as far as it will go for the players engaged. The one on the left of the dealer begins by asking any player he chooses for a card of the same denomination as one in his hand, naming the suit he wants. If the player asked has it he must give it up, and the same player may-ask again; if he has not the card it becomes his turn to ask. As soon as any player gets four of the same denomination (a ‘book’) he lays them aside. The winner is the one who lays aside the greatest number of 'books in this way.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Bible was written by over 40 authors over a period of 1500 years
    • n Author awth′or 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
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “There is no God, Nature sufficeth unto herself; in no wise hath she need of an author.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.”
  • Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
    “To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.”
  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.”
  • Euripides
    “Authority is never without hate.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. auctoraugēre, auctum, to cause things to increase, to produce.


In literature:

Miller was in a rage, but couldn't find out the author of the report.
"The Humors of Falconbridge" by Jonathan F. Kelley
THE INSPIRATION for November is an "Official Number", containing the work of none but titled authors.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
In both cases the entire authority of parliament had been exerted to shield the guilty.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Authors continue poor, and booksellers become opulent; an extraordinary result!
"Calamities and Quarrels of Authors" by Isaac Disraeli
Afterwards he subjoined commentaries to confirm their authority by passages from known authors.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
It may do good, however, if it stimulates the authorities to due preparation against future assaults from that quarter.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
One source of the conversation of authors, is the character of other authors, and on that they are rich indeed.
"Hazlitt on English Literature" by Jacob Zeitlin
No foreign authority was claimed here, neither was any such authority suspected by you, or acknowledged or imagined by us.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
The conflict between liberty under divine authority and the absolutism of human authorities ended disastrously.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Royalist authors have made of Cottereau a hero and martyr, titles to which his claim is not established.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various

In poetry:

His touch is a companionship;
His word an old authority:
He comes, a lyric on his lip,
The woodboy—Poesy.
"Comradery" by Madison Julius Cawein
For Paddy Quinn, the Statesman,
Had made a law which said
That native authors only
On pain of death be read.
"A Vision Splendid" by Victor James Daley
Author of all divine
Gifts, lofty, pure, and free,
Temperance and truth in song sublime
An offering bring to Thee!
"Dedication Of A Temperance Hall" by Mary Baker Eddy
I search for men of yesterday
But all I find is frightened cats
Fearing for their souls
From the authority of rats
"We Are Accused Of Terrorism" by Nizar Qabbani
"Oh! if my Soverign Author please,
Far be it from my fate,
To live unblest in torpid ease,
And slumber on in state;
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
No common nat'ral faith can shew
Its divine brood, like this;
Whose object, author, feeder too,
Thy Husband only is.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Jim Bruton, author of Vikings 50: The All-Time Greatest Players in Franchise History, is a former prison warden and the author of several other books.
Local Author at Dodici Shop Description: Local author of "The Ledger" Lloyd Holm will hold a book reading at Café Dodici from 6 to 8pm on Wednesday, December 12th.
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(AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority 's board voted Monday to delegate certain authority to the utility's new chief executive in case five of its vacancies aren't filled before Congress adjourns this month.
The New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Committee affirms its support of the New Mexico Finance Authority .
Authorize a rapid transit authority.
Photo courtesy of the Hoboken Housing Authority Brooklyn Nets' Tyshawn Taylor gives back to Hoboken Housing Authority gallery (7 photos).
The Millville Housing Authority-run housing had reports of bedbugs in the past, and though the bugs were not discovered in all of the apartments, the housing authority has mobilized its efforts to exterminated bedbugs in the entire building.
Author died young Thompson was a best-selling author but died before he could be celebrated.
Martin, who has previously written "21 Day Tight and Tone Transformation," will be recognized by The National Academy of Best-Selling Authors, an organization that honors authors from the leading independent best-seller lists.
"The Port Authority took immediate action to increase its 24/7 police presence with round the clock patrols of the facility's perimeter and increased patrols by boat of the surrounding waterway," the Port Authority police said in a statement.
Bob Woodward is the author of numerous other books, including the co-author of 'All the President's Men.'.
Tiffany Schmidt, author of "Send Me a Sign" and A.C. Gaughen, author of "Scarlet," will read from their young-adult fiction novels and discuss what it's like to be first-time authors on Nov 19 at 7 pm at the Andover Bookstore .
Ayelet Shachar, a professor of law at the University of Toronto, is the author of "Multicultural Jurisdictions" and "The Birthright Lottery" and the co-author of the forthcoming "Olympic Citizenship.
Kathi Kamen Goldmark had made a lot of friends in the literary world by shepherding authors on book tours when one day inspiration struck: what the very best authors yearn to be, she realized, are rock stars.

In science:

It is recommended that other SHG authors use the same dummy routine names (with zero arguments) such that for simple cases which do not require intervention ‘by hand’, MEG authors will be able to interface several SHGs with a single set of routines.
Generic User Process Interface for Event Generators
The second author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS-9970159, and the third author by PAI III grant FQM-298.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
Part of this work was done during a visit of the first author to the Department of Mathematics of the University of California at Santa Barbara, and visits of the second and third authors to the Centre de Recerca Matem`atica, Institut d’Estudis Catalans in Barcelona.
$K_0$ of purely infinite simple regular rings
Vð2ñó ò$ôõ€öH÷ ø ù‘ú The system offers easy access for authors through a Web authoring tool. It is designed to guide authors through the different levels of complexity by means of several adapted views.
Media Objects in Time - A Multimedia Streaming System
This social network, where vertices represent authors and two authors share an edge if they have coauthored a paper, can be mined from an author-paper affiliation network representation of the corpus.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research