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1 the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root" [syn: beginning, origin, root, rootage]
2 a person who supplies information [syn: informant]
3 a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to; "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation" [syn: reference]
4 a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
5 a facility where something is available
6 anything that provides inspiration for later work [syn: seed, germ]
7 someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints" [syn: generator, author]
8 (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide" [ant: sink]
9 anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival" [syn: reservoir]


1 get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
2 specify the origin of; "The writer carefully sourced her report"

User Contributed Dictionary



From sourse from sourdre from surgo.


  • /sɔrs/ (US)
  • /sOrs/ (US)



  1. The origin (of a river, of information, of goods, etc.)
  2. Spring (of water)
  3. A reporter's informant

Related terms


the origin
  • Danish: kilde , udspring
  • Finnish: lähde
  • German: Quelle, Ursprung
  • Hungarian: forrás, eredet
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: کانگه, سه‌رچاوه
  • Portuguese: origem, fonte
  • Russian: источник, исток, ключ
  • Scots: soorce
reporter's informant
  • Czech: zdroj
  • Danish: kilde
  • Finnish: lähde
  • German: Quelle
  • Hungarian: forrás
  • Portuguese: fonte
  • Russian: источник


  1. In the context of "mainly|US": to obtain or procure; used especially of a business resource
  2. To corroborate a statement with references.


(mainly US) to obtain or procure; used especially of a business resource




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Extensive Definition

Source may refer to:


  • Source text, in research (especially in the humanities), a source of information referred to by citation
    • Primary source, firsthand written evidence of history made at the time of the event by someone who was present
    • Secondary source, written accounts of history based upon the evidence from primary sources
    • Tertiary source, compilations based upon primary and secondary sources




Film and television

  • The Source (documentary), a 1999 documentary movie about the Beat generation
  • The Source (film), a 2002 science fiction movie, also known as The Secret Craft in the UK and The Surge for its American DVD release
  • The Source, the overarching entity in the machine city of the Matrix universe
  • The Source (Charmed), a fictional evil being in the television series Charmed
  • The Source, a character in the short-lived 1978 US television sitcom Quark
  • Highlander: The Source, the fifth film in the Highlander franchise


  • The Source (novel), a 1965 novel by James A. Michener
  • The Source (magazine), a magazine of hip-hop music and culture
  • Source (comics), a sentient entity who provides advice to the New Gods in the DC Multiverse
  • The Source, a book by Art Bell about paranormal matters
  • SOURCE: Music of the Avant Garde, a magazine published by the American composer Larry Austin from 1967 to 1972


  • Journalism sourcing, a person, publication or other record or document that gives information
  • The Source (network), a radio network operated in the 1970s and 1980s by NBC
  • WVUR-FM, "The Source", Valparaiso University's student-run radio station


source in Czech: Zdroj
source in Danish: Kilde
source in German: Quelle
source in French: Source
source in Korean: 소스
source in Japanese: ソース
source in Norwegian Nynorsk: Kjelde
source in Low German: Born
source in Russian: Источник
source in Simple English: Source
source in Slovak: Zdroj
source in Swedish: Källa

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