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Bookbinding. calf.
Music. cantus firmus.
Baseball. center fielder.
Origin of cf.
From the Latin word confer Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cf.
Contemporary Examples
  • It also comes from a company that is really bad at evaluating anyone's creditworthiness (cf. 2008).

    Stop the Madness! August 8, 2011
Historical Examples
  • When numbers are given, sceat appears to be left out, cf. 2196, 2995 (see þsend).

    Beowulf Unknown
  • When numbers are given, sceat appears to be left out, cf. 2196, 2995 (see þūsend).

    Beowulf Unknown
  • Important for the conception of Hellenic democracy (cf. 17).

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • cf. Joseph and his brethren for this hardening of his heart.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • cf. Memorabilia for a similar philosophical difficulty about the will and knowledge.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Paul's comment: "cf. the episode of the death of Front-de-Bœuf in 'Ivanhoe.'"

  • This winding stair was built by Dom Manoel: cf. some stairs at Thomar.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • cf. the carving on the jambs of the Allah-ud-din gate at Delhi.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • The pausarii are mentioned in the inscriptions; cf. Dessau, Inscr.

British Dictionary definitions for cf.


Word Origin
Latin: confer
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Word Origin and History for cf.

abbreviation of Latin confer "compare" (see confer).

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cf. in Culture

cf. definition

An abbreviation meaning “compare.” It is short for the Latin word confer and instructs the reader to compare one thing with another.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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