Noah Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language
1. (n.) The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence, the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.
2. (n.) One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.
3. (n.) The editor of a periodical.
4. (n.) An informant.
5. (v. t.) To occasion; to originate.
6. (v. t.) To tell; to say; to declare.