- 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
, sourced, 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 sourced, 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)