- 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 sources
But sources said that the evidence so far is pointing away from an ISIS connection.
As part of that effort, Said received weapons training for months, sources told The Daily Beast.
But my sources, my young women and their mother, heroically held firm.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003
January 7, 2015
He and other Taliban sources claim that in Karachi as many as 50 to 60 Taliban are given summary executions each month.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
Marshal appears in many of the sources regarding these rulers, and therefore, it seems, much can be verified.England’s Greatest Knight Puts ‘Game of Thrones’ to Shame
December 9, 2014
It is a danger that lurks and hides in the sources and fountains of power in every state.
Were I to reach the sources of the Nile, I should expect to meet him there.Monsieur du Muroir (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
It was the first of the sources of the Bogan we had reached.
There are only two sources of knowledge, observation and reasoning.Initiation into Philosophy
All these, in different ways and at different times, are sources of pure Happiness.Pax Vobiscum
- 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 sources
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.