Definitions of reference

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