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Meaning of source by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English sours, from Old French sorse ( “rise, beginning, spring, source” ), from sors, past participle of sordre, sourdre, from Latin surgere ( “to rise” ); see surge. Compare sourd


    • IPA: /sɔɹs/ or IPA: /soʊɹs/ ( US )
    • X-SAMPA: /sOr\s/ or X-SAMPA: /soUr\s/ ( US )
    • Rhymes: -ɔː( r )s
    • Homophone: sauce ( in some non-rhotic dialects )


    source ( plural: sources )

    1. The person, place, or thing from which something ( information, goods, etc. ) comes or is acquired .
    2. Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates .
    3. A reporter's informant .
    4. ( computing ) Source code .
    5. ( electronics ) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor ( FET ) .


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    source ( third-person singular simple present sources present participle sourcing, simple past and past participle sourced )

    1. ( 主にUS ) To obtain or procure: used especially of a business resource .
    2. ( transitive ) To find information about ( a quotation )'s source ( from which it comes ): to find a citation for .

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    • source in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • source in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of source by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. specify the origin of

    2. The writer carefully sourced her report
    3. get ( a product ) from another country or business

    4. She sourced a supply of carpet
      They are sourcing from smaller companies
    1. a facility where something is available

    2. anything that provides inspiration for later work

    3. a document ( or organization ) from which information is obtained

    4. the reporter had two sources for the story
    5. a publication ( or a passage from a publication ) that is referred to

    6. he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation
    7. the place where something begins, where it springs into being

    8. Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River
    9. anything ( a person or animal or plant or substance ) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

    10. someone who originates or causes or initiates something

    11. a person who supplies information

    12. a process by which energy or a substance enters a system

    13. a heat source
      a source of carbon dioxide

    Definition of source by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Source n. [OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F. source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre, to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere to lift or raise up, to spring up. See Surge, and cf. Souse to plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey.]
      1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]

      Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours

      Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . .

      Maken their sours to Goddes ears two. Chaucer.

      2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of water or the like; a spring; a fountain.

      Where as the Poo out of a welle small

      Taketh his firste springing and his sours. Chaucer.

      Kings that rule

      Behind the hidden sources of the Nile. Addison.

      3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates; first cause.

      This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself. Locke.

      The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense. Pope.

      Syn. -- See Origin.