verb (used with object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
verb (used without object), re·ferred, re·fer·ring.
- refectory table,
- reference book,
- reference electrode,
- reference frame
Origin of refer
Examples from the Web for referable
There are cases of gastric cancer in which the symptoms are all referable to secondary cancer of the peritoneum.
The hind wings are usually smoky brown, with a paler central band, but in some specimens, referable to ab.The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series|Richard South
The dark complexions of the Gheghides may, or may not, be referable to Slavonic intermixture.The Ethnology of Europe|Robert Gordon Latham
And this is the case with phenomena, as regards that in them which is referable to mere sensation.The Critique of Pure Reason|Immanuel Kant
Such cases are, unquestionably, referable to a determination of blood to the brain.Sheep, Swine, and Poultry|Robert Jennings
verb -fers, -ferring or -ferred (often foll by to)
Word Origin for refer
late 14c., "to trace back (to a first cause), attribute, assign," from Old French referer (14c.) and directly from Latin referre "to relate, refer," literally "to carry back," from re- "back" (see re-) + ferre "carry" (see infer). Meaning "to commit to some authority for a decision" is from mid-15c.; sense of "to direct (someone) to a book, etc." is from c.1600. Related: Referred; referring.