Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that can be used for support or help: The local library is a valuable resource.
  • n. An available supply that can be drawn on when needed. Often used in the plural.
  • n. The ability to deal with a difficult or troublesome situation effectively; initiative: a person of resource.
  • n. Means that can be used to cope with a difficult situation. Often used in the plural: needed all my intellectual resources for the exam.
  • n. The total means available for economic and political development, such as mineral wealth, labor force, and armaments.
  • n. The total means available to a company for increasing production or profit, including plant, labor, and raw material; assets.
  • n. Such means considered individually.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that one uses to achieve an objective, e.g. raw materials or personnel.
  • n. A person's capacity to deal with difficulty.
  • v. To supply with resources

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That to which one resorts orr on which one depends for supply or support; means of overcoming a difficulty; resort; expedient.
  • n. Pecuniary means; funds; money, or any property that can be converted into supplies; available means or capabilities of any kind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any source of aid or support; an expedient to which one may resort; means yet untried; resort.
  • n. plural Pecuniary means; funds; money or any property that can be converted into supplies; means of raising money or supplies.
  • n. plural Available means or capabilities of any kind.
  • n. He always had the full command of all the resources of one of the most fertile minds that ever existed.
  • n. Synonyms Resort, etc. See expedient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
  • n. the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems
  • n. a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed

Etymologies

Obsolete French, from Old French, from feminine past participle of resourdre, to rise again, from Latin resurgere : re-, re- + surgere, to rise; see surge.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French resource ("a source, spring"), from Old French resourdre, from Latin resurgere ("to rise again, spring up anew"). See resourd, resurgent, source. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In this press release, we use the term "resource potential" to describe the Company's internal estimates of volumes of oil and natural gas that are not classified as proved reserves but are potentially recoverable through exploratory drilling or additional drilling or recovery techniques.

  • Although the Company's use in the July 14, 2011 press release of the term "resource potential" is permitted under United States securities laws, such disclosure differs from the disclosure permitted under Canadian law.

  • It appears that the main resource from the moon would be rocket fuel and scientific research of unknown value.

    "Moon = Stupid": Its The Same Tired Rhetoric From Bob Zubrin - NASA Watch

  • In particular, and without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the term "resource" does not equate to the term "reserves".

  • Some prefer the term resource-based learning (Nichols 2001; Ryan et al 2001).

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  • The term resource as well as references to the resource base and recoverable resources (other than historical production) in this report include discovered quantities of oil and gas that are not yet classified as proved reserves but that we believe will likely be developed in the future.

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  • How much of the resource is available is continuoulsy decreasing due to the daily production.

    The Future of Oil, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • As someone who has performed historical research, this resource is a goldmine. at

    Creating, Managing & Pres. Dig. Assets: Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930, Harvard University Library

  • Found in the left hand margin this resource is another wonderful feature of the website and project.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • In addition, this resource is a great tool for medical students and residency programs.

    Archive 2005-11-01

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  • "The key abstraction of information in REST is a resource. Any information that can be named can be a resource: a document or image, a temporal service (e.g. "today's weather in Los Angeles"), a collection of other resources, a non-virtual object (e.g. a person), and so on. In other words, any concept that might be the target of an author's hypertext reference must fit within the definition of a resource. A resource is a conceptual mapping to a set of entities, not the entity that corresponds to the mapping at any particular point in time." - Excerpt from Roy Fielding's dissertation on REST

    July 13, 2011