(1)   A facility where something is available
(2)   Anything that provides inspiration for later work
(3)   A document (or organization) from which information is obtained
"The reporter had two sources for the story"
(4)   A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
"He carried an armful of references back to his desk"
"He spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
(5)   The place where something begins, where it springs into being
"The Italian beginning of the Renaissance"
"Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"
"Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"
"Communism's Russian root"
(6)   Anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies
"An infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
(7)   Someone who originates or causes or initiates something
"He was the generator of several complaints"
(8)   A person who supplies information
(9)   (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
"A heat source"
"A source of carbon dioxide"


(10)   Specify the origin of
"The writer carefully sourced her report"
(11)   Get (a product) from another country or business
"She sourced a supply of carpet"
"They are sourcing from smaller companies"


< < < , pp. of , < ; see surge. Cf. sourd


  1. The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.
  2. Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
  3. A reporter's informant.
  4. Source code.


  1. to obtain or procure; used especially of a business resource