1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being;
- Example: "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"
- Example: "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"
- Example: "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"
- Example: "communism's Russian root"
[syn: beginning, origin, root, rootage, source]
2. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "he was the generator of several complaints"
[syn: generator, source, author]
7. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system;
- Example: "a heat source"
- Example: "a source of carbon dioxide"
8. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies;
- Example: "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;
- Example: "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"
- Example: "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
[syn: reference, source]
1. get (a product) from another country or business;
- Example: "She sourced a supply of carpet"
- Example: "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
2. specify the origin of;
- Example: "The writer carefully sourced her report"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Source \Source\, n. [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.] [1913 Webster] Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . . Maken their sours to Goddes ears two. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of water or the like; a spring; a fountain. [1913 Webster] Where as the Poo out of a welle small Taketh his firste springing and his sours. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Kings that rule Behind the hidden sources of the Nile. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates; first cause. [1913 Webster] This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself. --Locke. [1913 Webster] The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Syn: See Origin. [1913 Webster]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (17 December 2009):
source code source source language
(Or "source", or rarely "source language") The form in which a computer program is written by the programmer. Source code is written in some formal programming language which can be compiled automatically into object code or machine code or executed by an interpreter. (1995-01-05)The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
source n. [very common] In reference to software, source is invariably shorthand for ?source code?, the preferred human-readable and human-modifiable form of the program. This is as opposed to object code, the derived binary executable form of a program. This shorthand readily takes derivative forms; one may speak of ?the sources of a system? or of ?having source?.Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
119 Moby Thesaurus words for "source": adviser, ambition, announcer, annunciator, antecedent, aspiration, author, authority, authorship, basis, begetter, beginning, birthplace, bonanza, calling, cause, channel, commencement, communicant, communicator, conception, consideration, cornucopia, creator, dawn, dawning, derivation, determinant, documentation, enlightener, expert witness, font, fount, fountain, fountainhead, genesis, goal, gold mine, gossipmonger, grapevine, grass roots, ground, guiding light, guiding star, head, headstream, headwater, headwaters, ideal, inception, informant, information center, information medium, informer, inspiration, intention, interviewee, lode, lodestar, mainspring, matter, mine, monitor, mother, motive, mouthpiece, newsmonger, notifier, onset, opening, origin, original, origination, originator, outset, parent, paternity, press, principle, provenance, provenience, public relations officer, publisher, quarry, radical, radio, radix, reason, reporter, resource, rise, rising, riverhead, root, roots, rootstock, sake, score, source of supply, spokesman, spring, staple, start, starting, stem, stock, taproot, television, teller, tipster, tout, ulterior motive, vein, vocation, well, wellhead, wellspring, whence, witness