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English noun: source

1. source (location) the place where something begins, where it springs into being

SamplesThe Italian beginning of the Renaissance.
Jupiter was the origin of the radiation.
Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River.
Communism's Russian root.

Synonymsbeginning, origin, root, rootage

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)birthplace, cradle, derivation, fountainhead, head, headspring, headwater, home, jumping-off place, place of origin, point of departure, point source, provenance, provenience, spring, trail head, trailhead, wellhead, wellspring

2. source (communication) a document (or organization) from which information is obtained

SamplesThe reporter had two sources for the story.

Broader (hypernym)document, papers, written document

Narrower (hyponym)fountainhead, source materials, well, wellspring

3. source (cognition) anything that provides inspiration for later work

Synonymsgerm, seed

Broader (hypernym)inspiration

Narrower (hyponym)muse, taproot

4. source (artifact) a facility where something is available

Broader (hypernym)facility, installation

Narrower (hyponym)Golconda, gold mine, goldmine

5. source (person) a person who supplies information


Broader (hypernym)communicator

Narrower (hyponym)betrayer, blabber, informer, leaker, passive source, rat, squealer, whistle blower, whistle-blower, whistleblower

6. source (person) someone who originates or causes or initiates something

SamplesHe was the generator of several complaints.

Synonymsauthor, generator

Broader (hypernym)maker, shaper

Narrower (hyponym)coiner

7. source (process) (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system

SamplesA heat source.
A source of carbon dioxide.

Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process

Narrower (hyponym)origin

Domain categoryapplied science, engineering, engineering science, technology


8. source (object) anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies

SamplesAn infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival.


Broader (hypernym)thing

9. source (communication) a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to

SamplesHe carried an armful of references back to his desk.
He spent hours looking for the source of that quotation.


Broader (hypernym)publication

English verb: source

1. source (possession) get (a product) from another country or business

SamplesShe sourced a supply of carpet.
They are sourcing from smaller companies.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)obtain

Narrower (hyponym)outsource

2. source (cognition) specify the origin of

SamplesThe writer carefully sourced her report.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)document

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