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Definitions of reference

  1.   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"
  2.   A sending or direction to another for information; allusion to; the submission of a matter in dispute to another for decision.
  3.   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.
  4.   One who, or that which, is referred to.
  5.   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"
  6.   That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text- book.
  7.   Relation; regard; respect.
  8.   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.
  9.   refer to; " he referenced his colleagues' work"
  10.   Appeal.
  11.   The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance.
  12.   Suitable to be used in securing information; as, a reference library.
  13.   refer to for illustration or proof; " He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"
  14.   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.
  15.   an indicator that orients you generally; " it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
  16.   A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred.
  17.   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"
  18.   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"
  19.   The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision.
  20.   the act of referring or consulting; " reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  21.   The act of referring; that which refers; a person or thing referred to; allusion; testimonial.
  22.   Act of referring; submission to another for information, & c.; assignment; allusion; one who or that which is referred to; relation; respect.
  23.   Act of referring; relation; person or thing referred to.
  24.   One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another.
  25.   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"
  26.   a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; " he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
  27.   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"

Quotes of reference

  1. After 1980, you never heard reference to space again. Surface, the most convincing evidence of the descent into materialism, became the focus of design. Space disappeared. – Arthur Erickson
  2. While knowledge may provide useful point of reference it cannot become a force to guide the future. – Herbie Hancock
  3. We believe the use of force against Iraq, especially with reference to previous resolutions of the UN Security Council, has no grounds, including legal grounds. – Igor Ivanov
  4. My experience with the Junior League, when I worked in Philadelphia for four years in reference to children's things, is that whenever they were asked they responded. They always responded with sincerity, and they did a good job. – C. Everett Koop
  5. The Constitution, as originally drawn, made no reference to the fact that all Americans wre considered equal members of society. – Constance Baker Motley
  6. Newt changed the frame of reference of all of our candidates. That's why we won so big in 1994. – Pete du Pont
  7. It makes no sense to talk of the social obligations of the corporation without reference to its economic obligations. The two are intertwined. – Lee R. Raymond
  8. We have the 2004 M1 here for reference which is useful. It worked well here last year; we won the race and always did fast lap times so it will be interesting to compare it to the new bike and it will help us to understand which parts have improved. – Valentino Rossi
  9. There was reference made to a book written in Greek by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity. There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan. Not even did Jews raise objections to that book. – Julius Streicher
  10. Today the people from my State of Tennessee would listen to this debate, or even talk about a reference to God on our money or in the Halls of Congress or in our Pledge and say, please, let common sense and logic win the day and prevail versus legal mumbo jumbo. – Zach Wamp
  11. At the same time, new concepts and abstractions flow into the picture, taking up the task of describing the universe without reference to such time or space- abstractions for which our language lacks adequate terms. – Benjamin Whorf
  12. The common behavior of mankind is the system of reference by means of which we interpret an unknown language. – Ludwig Wittgenstein

Usage examples for reference

  1. “ 723, has a carriage similar to that described with reference to Fig. ” – Modern Machine-Shop Practice, Volumes I and II by Joshua Rose
  2. You will see by reference to the map what was the course of the Wall. ” – The History of London by Walter Besant
  3. Many are books for reference and a few contain direct practical instruction. ” – Seed Thoughts for Singers by Frank Herbert Tubbs
  4. This smile, plainly enough, went rather below the surface, carried a reference to something. ” – The Real Adventure by Henry Kitchell Webster
  5. The few words that passed between them were with reference to Mrs. Lessingham. ” – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  6. It is in reference to the young lady who was with us at Mrs. Clemmens' house this morning. ” – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  7. 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
  8. The reference to the past made Giovanni's heart leap, and the colour came quickly to his face. ” – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  9. “ " 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
  10. Yet, when the time comes, Stephen shall have any chance, any help, I can give him- unless indeed she has settled her destiny for herself by then, without any reference to us. ” – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  11. “ 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
  12. “ I was careful not to make any reference to Zarlah, as I felt that my second meeting with her would put me in a much better position to approach Almos on this extremely delicate subject and lay before him my plans. ” – Zarlah the Martian by R. Norman Grisewood
  13. The walls I had reference to then were walls for fence. ” – The Bark Covered House or, Back in the Woods Again by William Nowlin
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. “ " 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
  17. “ " Then I beg your pardon," he said; " but I insist that you forced me to the reference – Running Sands by Reginald Wright Kauffman
  18. The manager did not ask me for a reference on that occasion. ” – First Person Paramount by Ambrose Pratt
  19. 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
  20. 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

Idioms for reference

  • in reference to sth;
  • in reference to sm or sth;