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Definitions of reference

  1. refer to for illustration or proof; "He said he could quote several instances of this behavior" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; "requests for character references are all to often answered evasively" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to; "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a remark that calls attention to something or someone; "she made frequent mention of her promotion"; "there was no mention of it"; "the speaker made several references to his wife" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to; "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text-book. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. One who, or that which, is referred to. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Appeal. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The act of submitting a matter to another to settle or of consulting an authority for information; a directing of attention to something; a passing allusion; a note, etc., in a book or writing, directing attention to some other book or passage; also, the passage, etc., to which attention is directed; a person to whom inquiries may be directed regarding another person; a written statement of the ability of a person given by another; relation; respect; as, with reference to your request. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The act of referring: a submitting for information or decision: relation: allusion: one who or that which is referred to: (law) the act of submitting a dispute for investigation or decision. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Act of referring; relation; person or thing referred to. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. The act of referring; that which refers; a person or thing referred to; allusion; testimonial. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Act of referring; submission to another for information, &c.; assignment; allusion; one who or that which is referred to; relation; respect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. A sending or direction to another for information; allusion to; the submission of a matter in dispute to another for decision. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Suitable to be used in securing information; as, a reference library. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for reference

  1. The reference to the past made Giovanni's heart leap, and the colour came quickly to his face. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. I took this for a reference to the boast I had made that I would go to college. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
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