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reference

noun (n)

  • a remark that calls attention to something or someone (noun.communication)
    Synonym: mention
    Example:
    The speaker made several references to his wife.
    source: wordnet30
  • a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • an indicator that orients you generally (noun.communication)
    Example:
    It is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved.
    source: wordnet30
  • a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts (noun.communication)
    Example:
    He contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic.
    source: wordnet30
  • a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability (noun.communication)
    Example:
    Requests for character references are all too often answered evasively.
    source: wordnet30
  • the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to (noun.cognition)
    source: wordnet30
  • the act of referring or consulting (noun.act)
    Synonym: consultation
    Example:
    Reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer.
    source: wordnet30
  • a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to (noun.communication)
    Synonym: source
    Example:
    He carried an armful of references back to his desk.
    source: wordnet30
  • (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored (noun.communication)
    source: wordnet30
  • the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to (noun.cognition)
    Example:
    He argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes.
    source: wordnet30
  • The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • refer to (verb.creation)
    Synonym: cite
    Example:
    He referenced his colleagues' work.
    source: wordnet30

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