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Definitions of reference

  1. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage; " the student's essay failed to list several important citations"; " the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"; " the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
  2. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; " he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
  3. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability; " requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
  4. refer to for illustration or proof; " He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
  5. the act of referring or consulting; " reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  6. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to; " the extension of ` satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"
  7. a remark that calls attention to something or someone; " she made frequent mention of her promotion"; " there was no mention of it"; " the speaker made several references to his wife"
  8. an indicator that orients you generally; " it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
  9. the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to; " he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
  10. 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"
  11. refer to; " he referenced his colleagues' work"
  12. The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance.
  13. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text- book.
  14. One who, or that which, is referred to.
  15. One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another.
  16. A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred.
  17. The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision.
  18. The process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court.
  19. Appeal.
  20. The act of submitting a matter to another to settle or of consulting an authority for information; a directing of attention to something; a passing allusion; a note, etc., in a book or writing, directing attention to some other book or passage; also, the passage, etc., to which attention is directed; a person to whom inquiries may be directed regarding another person; a written statement of the ability of a person given by another; relation; respect; as, with reference to your request.
  21. Suitable to be used in securing information; as, a reference library.
  22. The act of referring: a submitting for information or decision: relation: allusion: one who or that which is referred to: ( law) the act of submitting a dispute for investigation or decision.
  23. Act of referring; relation; person or thing referred to.
  24. The act of referring; that which refers; a person or thing referred to; allusion; testimonial.
  25. Act of referring; submission to another for information, & c.; assignment; allusion; one who or that which is referred to; relation; respect.
  26. A sending or direction to another for information; allusion to; the submission of a matter in dispute to another for decision.
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Usage examples for reference

  1. The reference to the past made Giovanni's heart leap, and the colour came quickly to his face. – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  2. I took this for a reference to the boast I had made that I would go to college. – The Complete PG Edition of The Works of Winston Churchill by Winston Churchill
  3. The manager did not ask me for a reference on that occasion. – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  4. " Well, what d'ye think, Carew of Crompton, that was your father's landlord and mine"- Solomon never said " ours" with reference to property-" has broken his neck at last!" – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  5. 723, has a carriage similar to that described with reference to Fig. – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  6. The walls I had reference to then were walls for fence. – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
  7. Many are books for reference and a few contain direct practical instruction. – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  8. " For future reference," Mihul said, " Whatzzit will be that which- or he or she who- wishes to have that interview with you and has arranged for it. – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  9. In the same way there are other stars so far distant that light takes thousands of years to travel from them to us, and with reference to their condition our information is therefore thousands of years behind time. – Clairvoyance by Charles Webster Leadbeater
  10. The few words that passed between them were with reference to Mrs. Lessingham. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  11. In her next note she spoke of it in the same grave manner, hoping he would find it for his happiness, and since then no reference has been made to it. – Floyd Grandon's Honor by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  12. You will see by reference to the map what was the course of the Wall. – The History of London by Walter Besant
  13. This smile, plainly enough, went rather below the surface, carried a reference to something. – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  14. We have got to consider these things with reference to a young girl. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  15. " Then I beg your pardon," he said; " but I insist that you forced me to the reference." – Running Sands by Reginald Wright Kauffman
  16. It was at Werowocomoco that Smith observed certain conjurations of the medicine men, which he supposed had reference to his fate. – Captain John Smith by Charles Dudley Warner Last Updated: February 22, 2009
  17. And he had told her also that in reference to John Gordon she had dreamed a dream. – An Old Man's Love by Anthony Trollope
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