noun \ˈsrs\

: someone or something that provides what is wanted or needed

: the cause of something (such as a problem)

: a person, book, etc., that gives information

Full Definition of SOURCE

a :  a generative force :  cause
b (1) :  a point of origin or procurement :  beginning
(2) :  one that initiates :  author; also :  prototype, model (3) :  one that supplies information
a :  the point of origin of a stream of water :  fountainhead
b archaic :  spring, fount
:  a firsthand document or primary reference work
:  an electrode in a field-effect transistor that supplies the charge carriers for current flow — compare drain, gate
source·less \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of SOURCE

  1. The college had its own power source.
  2. She has been a great source of strength to me.
  3. His job is the family's main source of income.
  4. A government source spoke to the press today.
  5. The reporter has refused to reveal his sources.
  6. According to one source, the program will not cost a lot.
  7. information from various intelligence sources

Origin of SOURCE

Middle English sours, from Anglo-French surse spring, source, from past participle of surdre to rise, spring forth, from Latin surgere — more at surge
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with SOURCE


transitive verb

Definition of SOURCE

:  to specify the source of (as quoted material)
:  to obtain from a source <metals sourced from abroad>

First Known Use of SOURCE




Definition of SOURCE

:  of, relating to, or being source code <a source file>

First Known Use of SOURCE



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