Definitions for: Source

[n] a facility where something is available
[n] anything that provides inspiration for later work
[n] a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
[n] 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] 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] someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
[n] a person who supplies information

Webster (1913) Definition: Source, n. [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.]
1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]

Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours Up springeth
into the air, right so prayers . . . Maken their
sours to Goddes ears two. --Chaucer.

2. 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. --Chaucer.

Kings that rule Behind the hidden sources of the
Nile. --Addison.

3. 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. --Locke.

The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense.

Syn: See Origin.

Synonyms: author, beginning, generator, germ, informant, origin, reference, root, rootage, seed

See Also: betrayer, birthplace, blabber, coiner, communicator, cradle, derivation, document, facility, fountainhead, fountainhead, Golconda, gold mine, goldmine, head, headspring, headwaters, home, informer, inspiration, installation, jumping-off place, jumping-off point, leaker, maker, muse, papers, place of origin, point, point source, provenance, publication, rat, shaper, source materials, spring, squealer, trail head, well, wellhead, wellspring, wellspring, written document

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