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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


Synonymsinformant


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


Antonymssink

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.


Synonymsreservoir


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.


Synonymsreference


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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