1. [ noun ] a remark that calls attention to something or someone
Synonyms: mention

"she made frequent mention of her promotion" "there was no mention of it" "the speaker made several references to his wife"

Related terms: remark allusion name-dropping retrospection mention
2. [ noun ] (writing) a short note acknowledging a source of information or quoting a passage
Synonyms: quotation mention credit acknowledgment citation

"the student's essay failed to list several important citations" "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"

Related terms: note cross-reference photo_credit mention notice adduce
3. [ noun ] (writing) a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
Synonyms: reference_work book_of_facts reference_book

"he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"

Related terms: book encyclopedia directory annual source_book cookbook handbook atlas instruction_book wordbook refer
4. [ noun ] an indicator that orients you generally
Synonyms: point_of_reference reference_point

"it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"

Related terms: indicator standard target buoy landmark white_line lubber's_line benchmark
5. [ noun ] a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
Synonyms: character character_reference

"requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"

Related terms: recommendation qualify
6. [ noun ] the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
Synonyms: extension denotation

"the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"

Related terms: meaning denote
7. [ noun ] the act of referring
Synonyms: consultation

"reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"

Related terms: action consult
8. [ verb ] (writing) refer to for illustration or proof
Synonyms: cite quote

"He said he could quote several instances of this behavior"

Related terms: write mention writing quote citation
9. [ noun ] (writing) a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
Synonyms: source

"he carried an armful of references back to his desk" "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"

Related terms: publication source
10. [ noun ] 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"

Related terms: meaning denote
Similar spelling:   referenced