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Usage statistics for the noun source:

spoken English15.27%written English84.73% imaginative writing14.05%informational writing85.95%

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The word source and its family (sourced, sources, sourcing) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun source

What does source mean as a name of something?

Source is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: sources

  1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  2. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained
  3. anything that provides inspiration for later work
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of source: germ / seed
    • more generic word: inspiration = arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity
    • more specific words:
      • taproot = something that provides an important central source for growth or development
      • muse = the source of an artist's inspiration
  4. a facility where something is available
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: facility / installation = a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry
    • more specific terms:
  5. a person who supplies information
  6. someone who originates or causes or initiates something
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonyms of source: author / generator
    • more generic words: maker / shaper = a person who makes things
    • more specific word: coiner = someone who is a source of new words or new expressions
  7. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system
  8. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of source: reservoir
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
  9. a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    • example: he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of source: reference
    • more generic word: publication = a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

Alternative definition of the noun source


  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. [computing] Source code.

Specialised definition of the noun source

Glossary of electronics

the equipment providing a signal to the input of a routing switcher, crosspoint switch, or switching array

Definition of the verb source

What does source mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sourced | sourcing | sources

  1. get (a product) from another country or business
    • example: She sourced a supply of carpet
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic word: obtain = come into possession of
    • more specific word: outsource = obtain goods or services from an outside supplier
  2. specify the origin of
    • example: The writer carefully sourced her report
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: document = support or supply with references

Alternative definition of the verb source


  1. [chiefly US] to obtain or procure; used especially of a business resource


Who is Source?

Source a.k.a. Marco Carola is an Italian electronic musician and DJ.


Source is a musical group.


Source a.k.a. Source UK is a record label.


"Source" is a book written by Mark Doty.

  • genre: Poetry
  • released in (15 years ago)
  • award:
    • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry nomination for Mark Doty
    • Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry, received by Mark Doty


  1. "Source": Zdroj is a 2005 Czech documentary directed by Martin Mareček and written by Martin Mareček and Martin Skalský. The film explores the civil rights abuses by the Ilham Aliyev regime of Azerbaijan during the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, such as eminent domain violations in appropriating land for the pipeline's route, and criticism of the government leading to arrest.
  2. "Source" is a short film.
  3. "Source" is a film.
    • genre: Documentary film


"Source" is a painting (oil paint) by Philip Guston, begun in (40 years ago).

  • media: oil paint


  1. "Source" is the second album by melodic death metal band The Duskfall. The album was released on December 30, 2003, it was re-released along with previous album Frailty on August 22, 2005 and included three bonus tracks that are remastered versions of select songs from the band's second demo.
  2. "Source" is a musical album of Barluath.
    • released on
  3. "Source" is a musical single of Aurix.
    • released on
  4. "Source" a.k.a. "Source..." is a musical album of Faast Orange.
  5. "Source" is a musical album of Codeon.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  6. "Source" is a musical album of Njava.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  7. "Source" is a musical album of Bob Mintzer.
  8. "Source" is a musical album of Feel Love Fury.
  9. "Source" is a composition.


  1. Source: In journalism, a source is a person, publication, or other record or document that gives timely information. Outside journalism, sources are sometimes known as "news sources". Examples of sources include official records, publications or broadcasts, officials in government or business, organizations or corporations, witnesses of crime, accidents or other events, and people involved with or affected by a news event or issue.
    • also known as Journalism sourcing
  2. The Source was a metaphysical concept created by writer/artist Jack Kirby for his Fourth World series of comic books. It first appeared in New Gods #1,.
  3. Source magazine is a free bi-monthly magazine published by the John Brown Group on behalf of Greenbee, John Lewis, and Waitrose, all three of which are owned by the John Lewis Partnership, with articles covering interior design, beauty, the arts, travel, finance, and lifestyle.
  4. Source is a quarterly photography magazine published in Belfast. It is distributed throughout the UK, Ireland and internationally. It is the longest running photographic review in the UK since the closing of Creative Camera magazine in 2001 and is comparable to other international photography titles such as Aperture in the US, Camera Austria and Katalog in Denmark.
  5. source is a Unix command that evaluates the file following the command, as a list of commands, executed in the current context.
  6. Source a.k.a. Source UK Services Ltd., or simply Source, is a specialist British-based provider of exchange-traded funds and exchange-traded commodities. The first products of Source, 22 T-ETCs and 13 ETFs, became available in April 2009 on Deutsche Börse. Source was started by five of the world’s largest equity trading houses – BofA Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Nomura. In 2014, Warburg Pincus, the large global Private Equity firm, purchased 51% and is now the sixth owner. As part of that deal, Lee Kranefuss, the innovator behind the iShares ETF line at Barclays and BlackRock, became Executive Chairman of Source.
  7. Source is an international information support centre and digital library, providing links to academic resources and articles related to disability, health and international development.
  8. The source that this information comes from.
  9. Source is a public artwork by US artist Tony Smith, located in the Cleveland Museum of Art Donna and Stewart Kohl Sculpture Garden, which is in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. The sculpture is fabricated from steel and painted black. It is constructed from two separate pieces that are bolted together.
  10. Source: The place in which the quotation appeared.
  11. source: A related resource from which the described resource is derived.
  12. Source: The published source of the quotation. Linked in as "Journal article". If different, remove that type, but its included types of "Written work" and "Scholarly work" will often be relevant.

Phrases with Source

Phrases starting with the word Source:

  1. source book
  2. source code
  3. Source text
  4. Source Domain
  5. Source Control
  6. source program
  7. Source routing
  8. source language

Phrases ending with the word Source:

  1. Open Source
  2. open-source
  3. light source
  4. point source
  5. Power Source
  6. radio source
  7. Broken source
  8. Closed-Source
  9. Energy Source
  10. Sealed Source
  11. passive source
  12. Primary source

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Source

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Google previewEconomic Diplomacy and the Geography of International Trade (2014)

by Peter A. G. van Bergeijk

The first source is the eighteenth and nineteenth century political economy literature in combination with some of the...

The fourth source is a number of scattered empirical studies that follow up on Tinbergen's 1962 seminal analysis for the ...

Google previewWord 2013 eLearning Kit For Dummies (2014)

by Lois Lowe

The data source is the file that contains the names to be merged, whereas the main document is the file that contains the text...



An ideal independent source is an active elements that provides a specified voltage or current that is completely independent of other circuit elements. An ideal...

Google previewStochastic Water Demand Modelling (2011)

Hydraulics in Water Distribution Networks by Mirjam Blokker

The first source is the study of residential water use, which has been commissioned by Vewin every three years since 1992.

Google previewFundamentals of Microelectronics (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A Voltage source is any device or system that produces an electromotive force between its terminals OR derives a...

Google previewEmerging Nodes in the Global Economy: Frankfurt and Tel Aviv Compared (2013)

by Daniel Felsenstein, Eike W. Schamp, Arie Shachar

The source is the Registrar of Companies data supplemented by DunsDisc. Principal economic sector (HIGH TECH): this binary variable relates to whether the firm operates in a high-technology production, research or financial services sector ...

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Protection of Environment, Part 63 (Sec. 63.8980-End), Revised as of July 1, 2009 (2009)

The affected source is the collection of all of the items listed in paragraphs (b)( 1) through (6) of this section. Not all...

An affected source is a new source if it meets the criteria in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this section.

Google previewNeutrino Physics (2000)

by Klaus Winter

The use of high-intensity piles permits two possible strong neutrino sources: 1 The neutrino source is the pile itself, during...

Google previewMusic for cello and piano (1982)

by Arthur Foote

Primary source is the Schmidt publication of 1882; concordant source is Foote's performance copy, held by the Harvard Musical Association, Boston (Bh). Andante con moto — M. 20, piano II, dashes below all bass notes ...

Google previewThe Historian's Toolbox (2007)

A Student's Guide to the Theory and Craft of History by Robert Chadwell Williams

A primary source is a document, image, or artifact that provides evidence about the past. It is an original document created contemporaneously with the event under discussion. A direct quote from such a document is classified as a primary ...

Google previewCybersecurity and Applied Mathematics (2016)

by Leigh Metcalf, William Casey

Practically speaking, a source is the origin of relationships within the directed graph and a sink is a destination of relationships within...

On the other hand, a source is an IP address that is the origin of the network flow, but never the destination.

Google previewSequences (2012)

Combinatorics, Compression, Security, and Transmission by Renato M. Capocelli

Technion—Israel Institute of Technology Haifa 32000, Israel ABSTRACT In this survey we consider finite alphabet stationary sources, where the only available statistics about the source is an individual sequence which is emitted by it.

Google previewDisability Across the Developmental Life Span (2011)

For the Rehabilitation Counselor by Julie Smart, PhD

Developmental disorders have lifelong consequences resulting from two sources . The first source is the continuation of characteristics or symptoms throughout life , and the second source is the disruption in learning childhood developmental ...

Google previewBuilding Open Source Hardware (2014)

DIY Manufacturing for Hackers and Makers by Alicia Gibb

The more popular narratives today—“Open source is for free” and “Open source means do it yourself”—will clearly be outgrown. “Open source means lower quality/usability” will lose ground, too.Whatever the success- ful new narratives will ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Database Technologies and Applications (2005)

by Rivero, Laura C.

Free software and open source databases have become a serious alternative to commercial databases. This article states common points and differences between the open source and free software movements and briefly describes the most ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (2015)

by Yan, Zheng

Source: Absent Presence Theory: “The factor condition of being present” and “the state of being absent or away.” Someone banishes another socially from an event – essentially ignoring them as if they were ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2013)

by Scott Elias, Cary Mock

Agood index of transport distance is the halfdistance value,or the distance from the nearest possible source to the point atwhichthe frequency of indicator erratics is half of itsmaximum. The halfdistance valuevaries with the material resistance ...

Google previewScience Encyclopedia

by BPI

source. of. food. The green colour of plants is due to the presence of a pigment called chlorophyll. It is the most important feature of plants. Plants use chlorophyll to capture light energy for manufacturing food in the form of sugar, starch, and ...

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Usage statistics about source

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun source:

spoken English15.27%written English84.73% imaginative writing14.05%informational writing85.95%

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Quotes about Source

It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living. (David Attenborough)
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Scrabble value of S1O1U1R1C3E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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