|1.||[ noun ] the place where something begins, where it springs into being|
|Synonyms:||origin beginning root rootage|
"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"
|Related terms:||point home headwaters derivation fountainhead birthplace spring trail_head point_source jumping-off_place wellhead root|
|2.||[ noun ] anything that provides inspiration for later work|
|Related terms:||inspiration muse taproot evolve|
|3.||[ noun ] (writing) a document (or organization) from which information is obtained|
"the reporter had two sources for the story"
|Related terms:||document well source_materials|
|4.||[ noun ] a facility where something is available|
|Related terms:||facility gold_mine golconda|
|5.||[ noun ] a person who supplies information|
|Related terms:||communicator passive_source informer whistle-blower leaker inform|
|6.||[ noun ] (work) someone who originates or causes or initiates something|
"he was the generator of several complaints"
|Related terms:||maker coiner generate|
|7.||[ noun ] (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system|
"a heat source" "a source of carbon dioxide"
|Related terms:||natural_process engineering|
|8.||[ verb ] specify the origin of|
"The writer carefully sourced her report"
|Related terms:||document reference|
|9.||[ noun ] anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies|
"an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
|10.||[ verb ] get (a product) from another country or business|
"She sourced a supply of carpet" "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
|Related terms:||obtain outsource|
|11.||[ noun ] (writing) 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"