2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Source \Source\, noun [OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F. source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre, to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere to lift or raise up, to spring up. See {Surge}, and cf. {Souse} to plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey.]

1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]

Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . . Maken their sours to Goddes ears two. --Chaucer.

2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of water or the like; a spring; a fountain.

Where as the Poo out of a welle small Taketh his firste springing and his sours. --Chaucer.

Kings that rule Behind the hidden sources of the Nile. --Addison.

3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates; first cause.

This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself. --Locke.

The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense. --Pope.

Syn: See {Origin}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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}, {source}]

2: a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"

3: anything that provides inspiration for later work [syn: {source}, {seed}, {germ}]

4: a facility where something is available

5: a person who supplies information [syn: {informant}, {source}]

6: someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints" [syn: {generator}, {source}, {author}]

7: (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide" [ant: {sink}]

8: 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}, {source}]

9: 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}, {source}]


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"

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