Source definition

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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.

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(physics) The point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
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To outsource or insource (tasks or jobs, for example).
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Of or constituting a source.

Letters, journals, etc. are a biographer's source materials.

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To obtain (materials or parts) from another business, country, or locale for manufacture.

They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.

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The point of origin of a stream or river.
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A person, book, document, etc. that provides information.

To consult various sources.

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To identify the source of (information, quotations, etc.)
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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.

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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.

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Any person, place, or thing by which something is supplied.

A source of pleasure.

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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.

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The point or thing from which light rays, sound waves, etc. emanate.
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Also known as a sender or a transmitter, a source is a device that originates, or generates, an information transfer to one or more receivers. See also transceiver, transmitter, and receiver.
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A spring, fountain, etc. that is the starting point of a stream.
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That from which something comes into existence, develops, or derives.

The sun is our source of energy; the source of a difficulty.

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

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(computing) Source code.
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To obtain (parts, materials, etc.) from a source of supply.
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One, such as a person or document, that supplies information.

A reporter is only as reliable as his or her sources.

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A reporter's informant.
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(electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
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(chiefly US) To obtain or procure: used especially of a business resource.
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To specify the origin of (a communication); document.

The report is thoroughly sourced.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
source
Plural:
sources

Origin of source

  • Middle English from Old French sourse from feminine past participle of sourdre to rise from Latin surgere surge

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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

    From Wiktionary