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Edit \Ed"it\ ([e^]d"[i^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Edited; p. pr. & vb. n. Editing.] [F. ['e]diter, or L. editus, p. p. of edere to give out, put forth, publish; e out + dare to give. See Date a point of time.] To superintend the publication of; to revise and prepare for publication; to select, correct, arrange, etc., the matter of, for publication; as, to edit a newspaper.

Philosophical treatises which have never been edited.


n. an act or instance of something being edited vb. (present participle of edit English)


n. putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form [syn: redaction]


Editing is the process of selecting and preparing written, visual, audible and film media used to convey information. The editing process can involve correction, condensation, organization, and many other modifications performed with an intention of producing a correct, consistent, accurate and complete work.

The editing process often begins with the author's idea for the work itself, continuing as a collaboration between the author and the editor as the work is created. As such, editing can involve creative skills, human relations and a precise set of methods.

There are various editorial positions in publishing. Typically, one finds editorial assistants reporting to the senior-level editorial staff and directors who report to senior executive editors. Senior executive editors are responsible for developing a product for its final release. The smaller the publication, the more these roles overlap.

The top editor at many publications may be known as the chief editor, executive editor, or simply the editor. A frequent and highly regarded contributor to a magazine may acquire the title of editor-at-large or contributing editor. Mid-level newspaper editors often manage or help to manage sections, such as business, sports and features. In U.S. newspapers, the level below the top editor is usually the managing editor.

In the book publishing industry, editors may organize anthologies and other compilations, produce definitive editions of a classic author's works (scholarly editor), and organize and manage contributions to a multi-author book (symposium editor or volume editor). Obtaining manuscripts or recruiting authors is the role of an Acquisitions Editor or a commissioning editor in a publishing house. Finding marketable ideas and presenting them to appropriate authors are the responsibilities of a sponsoring editor.

Copy editors correct spelling, grammar and align writings to house style. Changes to the publishing industry since the 1980s have resulted in nearly all copy editing of book manuscripts being outsourced to freelance copy editors.

At newspapers and wire services, copy editors write headlines and work on more substantive issues, such as ensuring accuracy, fairness, and taste. In some positions, they design pages and select news stories for inclusion. At U.K. and Australian newspapers, the term is sub-editor. They may choose the layout of the publication and communicate with the printer. These editors may have the title of layout or design editor or (more so in the past) makeup editor.

Usage examples of "editing".

Yale graduate, who is editing an evening paper in Sioux Falls, and he began to collect the views of experts on the question of artesian irrigation.

He came in with the book-editor, who went away about six hours ago with thirteen finished chapters -- the bloody product of fifty-five consecutive hours of sleepless, foodless, high-speed editing.

I am especially grateful to my publisher Michael Heyward, whose unstinting enthusiasm kickstarted me many times whilst I was writing, and whose editing is magnificent.

Robert Lecker, for his painstaking and careful editing, and to the editorial staff of Twayne Publishers for their generous and always productive assistance.

He went back to coffee and cigarettes, gave up the medication, went back to writing, finished the revisions on Wolfbane, wrote two or three of his best novelettes, signed on as an editor for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction -his first experiment with editing, rather than writing, science fiction, and one which he enjoyed enormously.

So he wrote John Macy in 1903 when the latter was helping Helen with the editing of The Story of My Life: My recommendation that Miss Sullivan and Helen be separated was distinctively an alternative for Mr.

Teamed up with me and ssomeone like Bassil who really knowss his editing, we could do ssome ve-ry interessting thingss.

Clay decided to kill the day by editing video: time-eating busywork that supplied at least an imaginary escape from the real world.

CHECKER Operation of inspection and quality control systems for the prepublication editing, proofreading, and checking of cryptographic materials.

Bill down the narrow aisle toward one of three enclosed editing booths, normally used for assembling special projects, teasers, promos, and commercial spots.

Research Fellowship in psychophysics, a strange couple of years editing train timetables, and managing a second-hand bookshop.

Poland, France, Spain, Malta, lectures all over England, lively contests for the Lord Rectorship of three universities, London again and again--for editing, mock trials, debates and Distributist Beanos--and frequently in furnished flats which Frances would take for the winter months.

There was a conscience redactor editing the mind of the Nothing Sophotech.

Imagine made its debut in the Spring and included reissues of Del Rey titles deemed suitable for young teenagers, which sometimes resulted in minor editing.

Cecil and Belloc sat around the table editing it and sticking triolets thrown of in hot haste into those nasty little spaces left by articles that did not quite fit, or supplying three or four articles and a Ballade Urbane while the printers waited.