- 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.
source definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English sours ; from Old French sourse ; from past participle of sourdre, to rise ; from Classical Latin surgere: see surge
source definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained.
- The point of origin, such as a spring, of a stream or river. See Synonyms at origin.
- One that causes, creates, or initiates; a maker.
- 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.
- To specify the origin of (a communication); document: The report is thoroughly sourced.
- To obtain (parts or materials) from another business, country, or locale for manufacture: They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French sourse, from feminine past participle of sourdre, to rise, from Latin surgere; see surge.