source

Definitions

  • How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.)
    How an ironworking pit was used. (From contemporary sources.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v source specify the origin of "The writer carefully sourced her report"
    • v source get (a product) from another country or business "She sourced a supply of carpet","They are sourcing from smaller companies"
    • n source a facility where something is available
    • n source anything that provides inspiration for later work
    • n source a document (or organization) from which information is obtained "the reporter had two sources for the story"
    • n source a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to "he carried an armful of references back to his desk","he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
    • n source the place where something begins, where it springs into being "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance","Jupiter was the origin of the radiation","Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River","communism's Russian root"
    • n source anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
    • n source someone who originates or causes or initiates something "he was the generator of several complaints"
    • n source a person who supplies information
    • n source (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system "a heat source","a source of carbon dioxide"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Source: Another Site
    • Source That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates; first cause. "This source of ideas every man has wholly in himself.""The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense."
    • Source The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. "Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . . Maken their sours to Goddes ears two."
    • Source The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of water or the like; a spring; a fountain. "Where as the Poo out of a welle small
      Taketh his firste springing and his sours ."
      "Kings that rule
      Behind the hidden sources of the Nile."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Source: Growing up jewish
    • n source A rising; a rise; a soaring.
    • n source A spring; a fountainhead; a wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
    • n source A first cause; an origin; one who or that which originates or gives rise to anything.
    • source To rise, as a hawk; swoop; in general, to swoop down; plunge; sink; souse. See souse.
    • source To spring; take rise.
    • source To plunge down; souse.
    • n source In geometry, a place of transition from space of n ± 1 into space of n dimensions.
    • n source In electricity: That point or region in an electric circuit at which abrupt difference of potential exists so that current flows from it on one side through the circuit and toward it through the circuit from the other side. Thus a dynamo generator, a voltaic cell, or a charged condenser is a source of current in the circuit in which they are placed.
    • n source In the case of current flow in plane sheets, a point at which the current enters the sheet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Source: In an old dictionary (70 years old) in my basement
    • n Source sōrs that from which anything rises or originates: origin: the spring from which a stream flows.
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Quotations

  • Adolf Berle
    Adolf Berle
    “The art and science of asking questions is the source of all knowledge.”
  • P. Godwin
    P. Godwin
    “The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.”
  • Rollo May
    Rollo May
    “Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”
  • Albert Einstein
    Albert%20Einstein
    “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    Walter%20Lippmann
    “Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F. source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre, to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere, to lift or raise up, to spring up. See Surge, and cf. Souse to plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sorse (Fr. source), from sourdre (It. sorgere)—L. surgĕre, to raise up, to rise.

Usage

In literature:

Now embroidery may boast that it is a source of landmarks for all time.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
What is one source of heat in the body?
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
This languor is the source of the emotional instability of the pioneer.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
There are two elementary sources of feudalism.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
This chapter will discuss news sources, leaving for Chapter III an explanation of the methods of getting stories.
"News Writing" by M. Lyle Spencer
The probability is that Shakespeare's yearly income from these sources was never over L500.
"An Introduction to Shakespeare" by H. N. MacCracken
The idea that all might have been brought off if she had only known it, is the source of her wretchedness.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
In chatting with Miss Tilney before the evening concluded, a new source of felicity arose to her.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Strife, he says, is the source and the master of all things.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
In all these expeditions Bessie was happy, and a source of happiness to others.
"Elizabeth Gilbert and Her Work for the Blind" by Frances Martin
But the reader may feel assured that this narrative is drawn from sources which are accurate and authentic.
"Ku Klux Klan" by J. C. Lester
And yet the guesses and surmises of these earlier men were the source of more of his beliefs than he would care to admit.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Because of the year-to-year news summaries in the famous annual, Hartson Brant had kept each edition as a reference source.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
Mental supremacy appealing to the source of action ensures safety, by subduing, not the resistance, but the desire to resist.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Bulgarian sources estimate the total number of Bulgarians abroad at approximately 1 million.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
It is nowadays admitted by all that these three collections come from the same source.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
We bleed for the People, we suffer for them, but we know the real source of their misery.
"Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist" by Alexander Berkman
I recognize that value can come from other sources.
"The Value of Money" by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
Consequently, there has been a constant tendency, from these sources at least, for prices to fall.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips
Its source lies about fifty miles from Lake Dembea.
"The World and Its People: Book VII" by Anna B. Badlam
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In poetry:

"I cannot smile,--the tide of scorn,
That rolled through every bleeding vein,
Comes kindling fiercer as it flows
Back to its burning source again.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
``And this along your life hath flowed
In full and never—failing stream,
Fresh from its source, unbought, unowed,
Beyond your boyhood's fondest dream.''
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin
"But as she speaks, my grief begins to sink,
And all my being grows warm with other love,
Born of all hope and faith that still will link
Our highest aims below to one great source above.
"Old Adam" by Alexander Anderson
There Love and Truth speak forth the Sire supreme,
Eternal source of life, and boundless joy!
"Here mortals hang your hopes, adore the name;"—
Go court the bliss which nothing can destroy.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Maybe the source of noble such may come
clearer to dazzled Henry. It may come.
I'd say it will come with pain,
in mystery. I'd rather leave it alone.
I do leave it alone.
And down with the listener.
"Dream Song 38: The Russian grin bellows his condolence" by John Berryman
“Listen, belov’d one! I promise thee glory
Such as shall rise like the day-star apart,
To brighten the source of Australia’s broad story,
But for this thou must give to the future thy heart!—
"The Dream" by Charles Harpur

In news:

The Spectre audio analysis tool not only analyzes inputs from your audio hardware, but can also receive input from network sources by using Apple's AUNetSend/AUNetReceive Audio Unit pair.
The OR's Leading Source of Cutting Edge Surgical Technology.
While coffee is already a natural source of antioxidants , several brands have begun kicking things up a notch by adding even more antioxidants to their roasts.
Sourcing Diamonds in Antwerp .
And in another interface update, Apple has drained the color from Aperture 's source list and toolbar icons, which now match iPhoto's gray color scheme.
AirAsia X Likely to Price $250 Million Malaysia IPO at MYR1.20-MYR1.40 Apiece -Source.
Yemeni military sources say Said al-Shehri was killed last week in an operation thought to have been carried out by a US drone.
There is a new wave of drivers sweeping into the ARCA RE/MAX Series this year, and they are not coming from the usual sources.
Sources say he was escorted out of his office at the college's 24th Street campus.
While there is never any shortage of hope in the world of technology, perhaps the largest gusher in the last 20 years came from two words: open source, a term that is too large for one column (too big for most books, in fact).
The Best Sources of Information.
In Germany, Bild might be the most-read and most hysterical source of news.
The Denver Nuggets will cut Chris " Birdman " Andersen from its roster and sign in his place Anthony Randolph, a source said Tuesday.
Denver used the NBA's amnesty clause to waive the seldom-used Andersen, a source said.
Global Sources Ltd released four new titles in its China Sourcing Reports series.
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In science:

There are a total of 42 sources including source 1, which is a possible central source.
X-ray Source Population in the Elliptical Galaxy NGC 720 with Chandra
The optical counterparts to the X-ray sources were selected by cross-matching the absorbed X-ray sources with the GOODS ACS catalogues (29 599 sources in the CDFS, 32 048 in the HDF-N).
Discovery of optically faint obscured quasars with Virtual Observatory tools
The third source (N1 104) is near to the edge of the Chandra image and therefore has a large Chandra PSF which contains 2 Spitzer sources (as well as 2 optical sources) within the 3σ PSF extent.
Complete Multiwavelength Characterization of Faint Chandra X-ray Sources Seen in the Spitzer Wide-Area IR Extragalactic (SWIRE) Survey
In contrast, universal code assumes on the independent and identical information source, (or Markovian source), but depends only on the coding rate not on the information source.
Second order asymptotics in fixed-length source coding and intrinsic randomness
In our matching of these lower significance Chandra sources to optically bright sources, we used the WFI R-band source catalog described in §3.3.
The Extended Chandra Deep Field-South Survey. Chandra Point-Source Catalogs
An additional X-ray detection exists of SHARC II source 3 (in the field of Bolocam source 9), although the SHARC II and X-ray positions lie well outside the positional error circle of the Bolocam source.
The Bolocam 1.1 mm Lockman Hole Galaxy Survey: SHARC II 350 micron Photometry and Implications for Spectral Models, Dust Temperatures, and Redshift Estimation
The Optical R band source list (Yun et al. 2005) includes only sources within 3′′ of the corresponding radio source.
The Bolocam 1.1 mm Lockman Hole Galaxy Survey: SHARC II 350 micron Photometry and Implications for Spectral Models, Dust Temperatures, and Redshift Estimation
First we show, that every source of cq must be a global source (a source of D).
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
This allowed us to clean 933 sources from our 24 µm list, leaving a total of 16096 likely extragalactic sources (extended sources included).
Spectroscopic Survey of 1.4 GHz and 24 Micron Sources in the Spitzer First Look Survey with WIYN/Hydra
Finally, the total spectra of protons and cosmogenic neutrinos are calculated by integrating their spectra from a source over all sources taking UHECR source-evolution models into account.
Cosmogenic neutrinos as a probe of the transition from Galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays
If UHECR sources have a spectral index steeper than 2, the total injection energy from a source could exceed the energy budget of possible candidates of UHECR sources.
Cosmogenic neutrinos as a probe of the transition from Galactic to extragalactic cosmic rays
Cross-correlation of the ChASeM33 sources against previous catalogs of X-ray sources in M 33 results in matches for the vast ma jority of the brighter sources and shows 28 ChASeM33 sources within 10′′ of supernova remnants identified by prior optical and radio searches.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
The software produces a background region for each source that excludes the source extraction regions of nearby sources.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
Extended sources are indicated by a superscript e on the source number; 23 sources show evidence of spatial extent beyond the local PSF.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
MPH06 took the most care in using data from individual observations from which one could obtain accurate source positions and their catalog contains 350 sources with typical position errors of 2′′ for the brighter sources.
Chandra ACIS Survey of M33 (ChASeM33): A First Look
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