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

  • n. The point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained.
  • n. The point of origin, such as a spring, of a stream or river. See Synonyms at origin.
  • n. One that causes, creates, or initiates; a maker.
  • n. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information: A reporter is only as reliable as his or her sources.
  • n. Physics The point or part of a system where energy or mass is added to the system.
  • transitive v. To specify the origin of (a communication); document: The report is thoroughly sourced.
  • transitive v. To obtain (parts or materials) from another business, country, or locale for manufacture: They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.
  • intransitive v. To obtain parts or materials from another business, country, or locale: They are sourcing from abroad in order to save money.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The person, place, or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.
  • n. Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
  • n. A reporter's informant.
  • n. Source code.
  • n. The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
  • v. To obtain or procure: used especially of a business resource.
  • v. To find information about (a quotation)'s source (from which it comes): to find a citation for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent.
  • n. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of water or the like; a spring; a fountain.
  • n. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates; first cause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rise, as a hawk; swoop; in general, to swoop down; plunge; sink; souse. See souse.
  • To spring; take rise.
  • To plunge down; souse.
  • n. A rising; a rise; a soaring.
  • n. A spring; a fountainhead; a wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
  • n. A first cause; an origin; one who or that which originates or gives rise to anything.
  • n. In geometry, a place of transition from space of n ± 1 into space of n dimensions.
  • n. In electricity: That point or region in an electric circuit at which abrupt difference of potential exists so that current flows from it on one side through the circuit and toward it through the circuit from the other side. Thus a dynamo generator, a voltaic cell, or a charged condenser is a source of current in the circuit in which they are placed.
  • n. In the case of current flow in plane sheets, a point at which the current enters the sheet.

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

  • n. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
  • v. get (a product) from another country or business
  • n. a person who supplies information
  • n. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies
  • n. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
  • v. specify the origin of
  • n. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  • n. a facility where something is available
  • n. anything that provides inspiration for later work
  • n. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
  • n. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained


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

Middle English, from Old French sourse, from feminine past participle of sourdre, to rise, from Latin surgere; see surge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English sours, from Old French sorse ("rise, beginning, spring, source"), from sors, past participle of sordre, sourdre, from Latin surgere ("to rise"); see surge. Compare sourd


  • From that moment the entire community, abandoning all other plans, give themselves over to hatching their golden egg, experience having taught them that no other source of prosperity can compare with a _source thermale_.

    The Ways of Men

  • Failed resolving source node in after node with @source = 'executeData',

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  • UPDATE [TheTable] SET [source] = @source .........

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  • Then when I need to load a new source file, I clear _source of it's current contents and add a single line run for every line of code in the file.


  • 如果 value 为 空引用(在 Visual Basic 中为 Nothing),或在 source 的调用列表中没有找到 value 的调用列表,则返回 source。


  • * % source% - The source of the feed, such as the web site or blog name.

    Digital Point Forums

  • * I spent the better part of an entire day deep inside the Clutter source, trying to determine the source of a bug; I eventually found the _source_ of the bug (#1631), but do not have a proper patch; the PPA includes a patch (which is also in the seed repo, in the patches subdir) that removes the broken optimization, but I'm not sure how to appropriately/fix/it … in any case, this means that the most significant animation bugs are fixed.

    Planet GNOME

  • She would therefore be doing water a greater justice, she explained, paying water a greater honor, if she were to take the name source instead.

    Water Witches

  • Anyone who cites wiki as a source is an idiot: fact

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  • At work, management sometimes bands together and starts listening more to themselves and ignoring the truth from the trenches even when the source is their own employees.



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  • Source of the Nile - fine. To source something, rather than finding it or buying it, is no good at all.

    January 30, 2007