Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act, fact, or occupation of writing.
  • noun Source or origin, as of a book or idea.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The source or cause of anything that may be said to have an author; origination; causation: as, the authorship of an invention or of a political movement; a book whose authorship is unknown.
  • noun The state of being an author; the occupation of writing books.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being an author; function or dignity of an author.
  • noun Source; origin; origination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality or state of being an author; the function or dignity of an author.
  • noun The source; origin; origination; as, the authorship of a book or review, or of an act, or state of affairs.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of creating written works
  • noun the act of initiating a new idea or theory or writing

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

author +‎ -ship

Examples

  • This philosophy conflict between user-created experiences and designed authorship is one of the most interesting issues emerging in next-gen games.

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  • This philosophy conflict between user-created experiences and designed authorship is one of the most interesting issues emerging in next-gen games.

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  • Characters are being liberated, authorship is be re-shaped and unforeseen talents are taking the reins.

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  • While its authorship is often contested, the fact remains that epic poems like The Iliad, written in dactylic hexameters, not only contributed to the evolution of the poetry genre but also to the proliferation of the written word.

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  • I'd argue that medical editors play an important role in ensuring clarity of data, but the line between editing and authorship is growing increasingly hard to define.

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  • Also unlike conventional copyright arrangements, others are not prevented by force of law from doing the same with the work in question, provided that (under the attribution form of license) the authorship is noted.

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  • Although all authorship is ultimately failure, as judged by its categorical inability to express the pure essence of an inspiration or idea, writing can sidestep and even subvert this inbuilt inability after a fashion by deliberately generating a sense that the words are reductions of awesome truths that loom behind them.

    Dark Awakenings and Cosmic Horror : The Lovecraft News Network

  • Although all authorship is ultimately failure, as judged by its categorical inability to express the pure essence of an inspiration or idea, writing can sidestep and even subvert this inbuilt inability after a fashion by deliberately generating a sense that the words are reductions of awesome truths that loom behind them.

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  • By focusing on aspects of the book other than plain authorship, you too can amass an extraordinary collection without draining the tank.

    Preserving Book Culture, Promoting Book Collecting

  • By focusing on aspects of the book other than plain authorship, you too can amass an extraordinary collection without draining the tank.

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