- The definition of source is where someone or something came from.
- An example of a source is solar energy coming from the sun.
- An example of a source is the person who inspires you.
- An example of a source is the person who gives a juicy story to a magazine reporter.
- Source is defined as getting materials for a project, or identify the origin of something.
- An example of source is an American car manufacturer having parts made in China.
- An example of source is finding out the origin of the facts for a research paper.
- a spring, fountain, etc. that is the starting point of a stream
- that from which something comes into existence, develops, or derives: the sun is our source of energy; the source of a difficulty
- any person, place, or thing by which something is supplied: a source of pleasure
- a person, book, document, etc. that provides information: to consult various sources
- the point or thing from which light rays, sound waves, etc. emanate
Origin of sourceMiddle English sours from Old French sourse from past participle of sourdre, to rise from Classical Latin surgere: see surge
of or constituting a source: letters, journals, etc. are a biographer's source materials
intransitive verbsourced, sourc′ing
- to obtain (parts, materials, etc.) from a source of supply
- to identify the source of (information, quotations, etc.)
- A person or thing from which something comes into being or is derived or obtained: alternative sources of energy; the source of funding for the project.
- The point of origin of a stream or river. See Synonyms at origin.
- One, such as a person or document, that supplies information: A reporter is only as reliable as his or her sources.
- Physics The point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
transitive verbsourced, sourc·ing, sourc·es
- To specify the origin of (a communication); document: The report is thoroughly sourced.
- To obtain (materials or parts) from another business, country, or locale for manufacture: They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.
- To outsource or insource (tasks or jobs, for example).
Origin of sourceMiddle English from Old French sourse from feminine past participle of sourdre to rise from Latin surgere ; see surge .
- The person, place, or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.
- The accused refused to reveal the source of the illegal drugs she was selling.
- Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
- The main sources of the Euphrates River are the Karasu and Murat Rivers.
- A reporter's informant.
- (computing) Source code.
- (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
(third-person singular simple present sources, present participle sourcing, simple past and past participle sourced)