Definitions of reference:
  • noun:   the act of referring or consulting
    Example: "Reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  • noun:   the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
  • noun:   the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
    Example: "He argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
  • noun:   a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    Example: "He carried an armful of references back to his desk"
  • noun:   a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    Example: "He contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
  • noun:   a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    Example: "Requests for character references are all to often answered evasively"
  • noun:   a remark that calls attention to something or someone
    Example: "The speaker made several references to his wife"
  • noun:   an indicator that orients you generally
    Example: "It is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
  • noun:   a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
  • verb:   refer to
    Example: "He referenced his colleagues' work"

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