from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An act of referring: filed away the article for future reference.
- n. Significance in a specified context: Her speeches have special reference to environmental policy.
- n. Meaning or denotation.
- n. The state of being related or referred: with reference to; in reference to.
- n. A mention of an occurrence or situation: made frequent references to her promotion.
- n. A note in a publication referring the reader to another passage or source.
- n. The passage or source so referred to.
- n. A work frequently used as a source.
- n. A mark or footnote used to direct a reader elsewhere for additional information.
- n. Law Submission of a case to a referee.
- n. Law Legal actions conducted before or by a referee.
- n. A person who is in a position to recommend another or to vouch for his or her fitness, as for a job.
- n. A statement about a person's qualifications, character, and dependability.
- transitive v. To supply references to: "Our memories are addressed and referenced . . . by significant fragments of their own content” ( Frederick Turner).
- transitive v. To mention in a reference; refer to: He referenced her book in his speech. See Usage Note at allude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A relationship or relation (to something).
- n. A measurement one can compare to.
- n. Information about a person, provided by someone (a referee) with whom they are well acquainted
- n. A reference work.
- n. A relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object.
- n. A short written identification of a previously published work which is used as a source for a text.
- n. A previously published written work thus indicated; a source.
- n. An object containing information which refers to data stored elsewhere, as opposed to containing the data itself.
- n. A special sequence used to represent complex characters in a web page such as ™ or €.
- v. to refer to, to make reference to, to cite
- v. to mention
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of referring, or the state of being referred.
- n. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention.
- n. Relation; regard; respect.
- n. One who, or that which, is referred to.
- n. One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another.
- n. A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred.
- n. The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision.
- n. The process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court.
- n. Appeal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of referring.
- n. In law:
- n. Relation; respect; regard: generally in the phrase in or with reference to.
- n. That which is or may be referred to.
- n. A direction in a book or writing to refer to some other place or passage: often a mere citation, as of book, chapter, page, or text.
- n. Assignment; apportionment.
- n. An appeal.
- 1. To refer a thing to (something).
- To assign proper references to, as to a phrase; look up and find by reference.
- To schedule (property) to be taken for a proposed railway extension.
- To make out a return of the number of people to be displaced by proposed railway extension.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a remark that calls attention to something or someone
- n. (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
- n. the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
- n. a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
- n. a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
- n. the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
- n. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
- n. an indicator that orients you generally
- n. a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
- v. refer to
- n. the act of referring or consulting
From refer + -ence. (Wiktionary)