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    reference - Dictionary definition and meaning for word reference

    Definition
    (noun) a remark that calls attention to something or someone
    Synonyms : mention
    Example Sentence
    • she made frequent mention of her promotion
    • there was no mention of it
    • the speaker made several references to his wife
    Definition
    (noun) a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    Example Sentence
    • the student's essay failed to list several important citations
    • the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book
    • the article includes mention of similar clinical cases
    Definition
    (noun) an indicator that orients you generally
    Example Sentence
    • it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved
    Definition
    (noun) a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    Example Sentence
    • he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic
    Definition
    (noun) a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    Example Sentence
    • requests for character references are all too often answered evasively
    Definition
    (noun) the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to
    Synonyms : denotation , extension
    Example Sentence
    • the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos
    Definition
    (noun) the act of referring or consulting
    Synonyms : consultation
    Example Sentence
    • reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer
    Definition
    (noun) a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    Synonyms : source
    Example Sentence
    • he carried an armful of references back to his desk
    • he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation
    Definition
    (noun) (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
    Synonyms : address , computer address
    Definition
    (noun) the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
    Example Sentence
    • he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes
    Definition
    (verb) refer to
    Synonyms : cite
    Example Sentence
    • he referenced his colleagues' work
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