- an act or instance of referring.
- a mention; allusion.
- something for which a name or designation stands; denotation.
- a direction in a book or writing to some other book, passage, etc.
- a book, passage, etc., to which one is directed.
- reference mark(def 2).
- material contained in a footnote or bibliography, or referred to by a reference mark.
- use or recourse for purposes of information: a library for public reference.
- a person to whom one refers for testimony as to one's character, abilities, etc.
- a statement, usually written, as to a person's character, abilities, etc.
- relation, regard, or respect: all persons, without reference to age.
- to furnish (a book, dissertation, etc.) with references: Each new volume is thoroughly referenced.
- to arrange (notes, data, etc.) for easy reference: Statistical data is referenced in the glossary.
- to refer to: to reference a file.
Origin of reference
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Examples from the Web for referenced
In John Barleycorn, Heinold and his bar are referenced a whooping 17 times.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
He then referenced the film Anchorman: “I personally have many leather-bound books, and my house smells of rich mahogany.”Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books
November 27, 2014
Unfortunately, these problems are merely alluded to—referenced as the important work that feminism does or can do.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment
October 15, 2014
However, Adriana referenced a proposal “to transform the current prison into a cultural center.”Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
I had recently attended a wedding because a text message had referenced some questionable behavior.Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die
August 16, 2014
The footnote itself has been placed after the paragraph where it is referenced.The Sea Shore
William S. Furneaux
Footnotes have been moved to the end of the paragraphs in which they are referenced.
Footnotes have been moved to the end of the chapters in which they are referenced.Ponce de Leon
This pattern should be referenced both as a loop and as a tented arch.The Science of Fingerprints
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Index was minimally checked for accuracy of page references and consistency with spellings in referenced pages.South America Observations and Impressions
- the act or an instance of referring
- something referred, esp proceedings submitted to a referee in law
- a direction of the attention to a passage elsewhere or to another book, document, etc
- a book or passage referred to
- a mention or allusionthis book contains several references to the Civil War
- the relation between a word, phrase, or symbol and the object or idea to which it refers
- the object referred to by an expressionCompare sense (def. 12)
- a source of information or facts
- (as modifier)a reference book; a reference library
- a written testimonial regarding one's character or capabilities
- a person referred to for such a testimonial
- (foll by to)relation or delimitation, esp to or by membership of a specific class or group; respect or regardall people, without reference to sex or age
- (as modifier)a reference group
- point of reference a fact forming the basis of an evaluation or assessment; criterion
- terms of reference the specific limits of responsibility that determine the activities of an investigating body, etc
- to furnish or compile a list of references for (an academic thesis, publication, etc)
- to make a reference to; refer tohe referenced Chomsky, 1956
- commerce with reference toreference your letter of the 9th inst Abbreviation: re
Word Origin and History for referenced
1580s, "act of referring," from refer + -ance, or else from French référence, from Medieval Latin *referentia, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). Meaning "direction to a book or passage" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "testimonial" is from 1895. Reference book dates from 1808. Phrase in reference to is attested from 1590s.
1620s, "to assign;" as "to provide with a reference," 1837 (implied in referenced), from reference (n.). Related: Referencing.