Source meaning

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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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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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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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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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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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The point of origin of a stream or river.
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The point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
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A spring, fountain, etc. that is the starting point of a stream.
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(computing) Source code.
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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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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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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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To identify the source of (information, quotations, etc.)
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To obtain (parts, materials, etc.) from a source of supply.
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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 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 find information about (a quotation)'s source (from which it comes): to find a citation for.
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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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To specify the origin of (a communication); document.

The report is thoroughly sourced.

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(1) One side of a field effect transistor. See drain.
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The point or thing from which light rays, sound waves, etc. emanate.
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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