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
Synonyms: germ seed
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
Synonyms: distribution_channel channel
Related terms: facility gold_mine golconda
5. [ noun ] a person who supplies information
Synonyms: informant
Related terms: communicator passive_source informer whistle-blower leaker inform
6. [ noun ] (work) someone who originates or causes or initiates something
Synonyms: author generator

"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
Synonyms: reservoir

"an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"

Related terms: thing
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
Synonyms: reference

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

Related terms: publication
Similar spelling:   Sorge