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Noun: reference  re-f(u-)run(t)s
  1. A remark that calls attention to something or someone
    "the speaker made several references to his wife";
    - mention
     
  2. A short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    "the student's essay failed to list several important references";
    - citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit, mention, quotation
     
  3. An indicator that orients you generally
    "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved";
    - reference point, point of reference
     
  4. A book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic";
    - reference book, reference work, book of facts
     
  5. A formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively";
    - character, character reference
     
  6. The most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
    "the reference of 'satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos";
    - denotation, extension
     
  7. The act of referring or consulting
    "reference to an encyclopaedia produced the answer";
    - consultation
     
  8. A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    "he carried an armful of references back to his desk";
    - source
     
  9. (computing) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
    - address, computer address
     
  10. The relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
    "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
     
  11. [N. Amer] Someone who writes a reference letter for a job candidate
    - referee [Brit]
Verb: reference  re-f(u-)run(t)s
  1. Make a citation to
    "he referenced his colleagues' work";
    - cite

Sounds like: reeler, rerence, ref

Derived forms: referenced, references, referencing

Type of: action, annotation, book, code, comment, compose, computer code, good word, indicator, indite [archaic], input, meaning, notation, note, pen, publication, recommendation, remark, substance, testimonial, write

Encyclopedia: Reference