Definition of Source

1. Noun. The place where something begins, where it springs into being. "Communism's Russian root"




2. Verb. Get (a product) from another country or business. "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
Generic synonyms: Obtain
Specialized synonyms: Outsource

3. Noun. A document (or organization) from which information is obtained. "The reporter had two sources for the story"
Generic synonyms: Document, Papers, Written Document
Specialized synonyms: Source Materials, Fountainhead, Well, Wellspring

4. Verb. Specify the origin of. "The writer carefully sourced her report"
Generic synonyms: Document

5. Noun. Anything that provides inspiration for later work.
Exact synonyms: Germ, Seed
Generic synonyms: Inspiration
Specialized synonyms: Taproot, Muse
Derivative terms: Germinal, Germinate

6. Noun. A facility where something is available.
Generic synonyms: Facility, Installation
Specialized synonyms: Golconda, Gold Mine, Goldmine

7. Noun. A person who supplies information.
Exact synonyms: Informant
Generic synonyms: Communicator
Specialized synonyms: Betrayer, Blabber, Informer, Rat, Squealer, Leaker, Passive Source, Whistle Blower, Whistle-blower, Whistleblower
Derivative terms: Inform

8. Noun. Someone who originates or causes or initiates something. "He was the generator of several complaints"
Exact synonyms: Author, Generator
Specialized synonyms: Coiner
Generic synonyms: Maker, Shaper
Derivative terms: Auctorial, Authorship, Generate

9. Noun. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system. "A source of carbon dioxide"
Category relationships: Applied Science, Engineering, Engineering Science, Technology
Generic synonyms: Action, Activity, Natural Action, Natural Process
Specialized synonyms: Origin
Antonyms: Sink

10. Noun. Anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies. "An infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
Exact synonyms: Reservoir
Generic synonyms: Thing

11. Noun. A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to. "He spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
Exact synonyms: Reference
Generic synonyms: Publication
Derivative terms: Refer, Reference

Definition of Source

1. n. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent.

Definition of Source

1. Noun. The person, place(,) or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired. ¹

2. Noun. Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates. ¹

3. Noun. A reporter's informant. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) Source code. ¹

5. Noun. (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET). ¹

6. Verb. (Chiefly American English) To obtain or procure: (non-gloss definition used especially of a business resource.) ¹

7. Verb. (transitive) To find information about (a quotation)'s source (gloss from which it comes): to find a citation for. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Source

1. to originate [v -CED, -CING, -CES] - See also: originate

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Source

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sour gum
sour krout
sour mash
sour mash whiskey
sour note
sour orange
sour puss
sour pusses
sour salt
sourball
sourbellies
sourbelly
source (current term)
source book
source code
source codes
source configuration management
source control
source domain
source emission reduction plan
source language
source languages
source materials
source of illumination
source program
source routing
source text

Literary usage of Source

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Geschichte der biologischen Theorien in der Neuzeit by Sergeĭ Nikolaevich Durylin, Frank Leslie Rector, John Irvin Hamaker, Emanuel Rádl (1913)
"CHAPTER I source OF WATER THE source of all underground water which rises in the ... Springs whose source is the rainfall are found throughout the world, ..."

2. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare (1900)
"source OF THE PLOT It is always well to know something of the source from which Shakespeare took the plot of the play under consideration. ..."

3. A Treatise on Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David Hume, Thomas Hill Green, Thomas Hodge Grose (1882)
"Meanwhile, unable to ignore the subjective side of self- consciousness, Locke has to put an inward experience as a separate, but co-ordinate, source of ..."

4. Oecd Economic Surveys by OECD Economic Surveys (2005)
"Electricity: Composition of installed capacity by source, 2005 SIC system source: Comision Nacional de Energia. shocks.15 Approval of Ley Corta II is an ..."

5. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"CHAPTER II Of the Principal source of Belief Among Democratic Nations AT different periods dogmatical belief is more or less abundant. ..."

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