- any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
- the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
- a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
- the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
- a manufacturer or supplier.
- Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.
- to give or trace the source for: The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the secretary of state.
- to find or acquire a source, especially a supplier, for: Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.
- to contract a manufacturer or supplier: Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.
- to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like: a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.
Origin of source
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Examples from the Web for source
Like many trans users, Transartist often gets used as a source of information more than anything else.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
Jettison your lawyers as a source of prison-yard guidance, Abramoff said.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
It was getting to create jokes at the source, and to get to hang out with comedians.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
This simply is not an option for ACC to source indeterminately.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says
January 5, 2015
The source code for the original “Shamoon” malware is widely known to have leaked.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Williams and Lawson had, as Hardy predicted, been a source of great annoyance to George.Life in London
The main question is as to the source from which an increase of life is to be obtained.The Conquest of Fear
"Streams may spring from one source, and yet some be clear and some be foul," quoth she quickly.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was rather a frightful place to go into in search of the source of a shriek.Weighed and Wanting
So simply he made provision against any alarm from this source.Within the Law
- the point or place from which something originates
- a spring that forms the starting point of a stream; headspring
- the area where the headwaters of a river risethe source of the Nile
- a person, group, etc, that creates, issues, or originates somethingthe source of a complaint
- any person, book, organization, etc, from which information, evidence, etc, is obtained
- (as modifier)source material
- anything, such as a story or work of art, that provides a model or inspiration for a later work
- electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor from which majority carriers flow into the interelectrode conductivity channel
- at source at the point of origin
- to determine the source of a news report or story
- (tr foll by from) to originate from
- (tr) to establish an originator or source of (a product, piece of information, etc)
Word Origin and History for source
mid-14c., "support, base," from Old French sourse "a rising, beginning, fountainhead of a river or stream" (12c.), fem. noun taken from past participle of sourdre "to rise, spring up," from Latin surgere "to rise" (see surge (n.)). Meaning "a first cause" is from late 14c., as is that of "fountain-head of a river." Meaning "written work (later also a person) supplying information or evidence" is from 1788.
"obtain from a specified source," 1972, from source (n.). Related: Sourced; sourcing.