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Definition 1: the act of referring or consulting - [noun denoting act]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

Definition 2: the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Definition 3: the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes

(reference is a kind of ...) the idea that is intended

"What is the meaning of this proverb?"

Definition 4: a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • requests for character references are all too often answered evasively

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable

Definition 5: a remark that calls attention to something or someone - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she made frequent mention of her promotion
  • there was no mention of it
  • the speaker made several references to his wife

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

"from time to time she contributed a personal comment on his account" "we would appreciate input from our users on how we can improve our software"

(... is a kind of reference ) passing reference or indirect mention

(... is a kind of reference ) reference to things past

"the story begins with no introductory retrospections"

(... is a kind of reference ) the practice of casually mentioning important people in order to impress your listener

"the hard thing about name-dropping is to avoid being too obvious about it"

Definition 6: a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) a comment or instruction (usually added)

"his notes were appended at the end of the article" "he added a short notation to the address on the envelope"

(... is a kind of reference ) a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph

(... is a kind of reference ) a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work

Definition 7: a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)

"I am reading a good book on economics"

(... is a kind of reference ) a collection of maps in book form

(... is a kind of reference ) a reference book that is published regularly once every year

(... is a kind of reference ) an alphabetical list of names and addresses

(... is a kind of reference ) a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location

(... is a kind of reference ) a reference book containing words (usually with their meanings)

(... is a kind of reference ) a collection of historically important documents published together as a book

(... is a kind of reference ) a book of directions for using or operating some piece of equipment

(... is a kind of reference ) a book of recipes and cooking directions

(... is a kind of reference ) a reference work (often in several volumes) containing articles on various topics (often arranged in alphabetical order) dealing with the entire range of human knowledge or with some particular specialty

Definition 8: an indicator that orients you generally - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) a signal for attracting attention

(... is a kind of reference ) a surveyor's mark on a permanent object of predetermined position and elevation used as a reference point

(... is a kind of reference ) a mark showing the boundary of a piece of land

(... is a kind of reference ) a fixed line on a ship's compass indicating its heading

(... is a kind of reference ) a reference point to shoot at

"his arrow hit the mark"

(... is a kind of reference ) a white stripe in the middle of a road to mark traffic lanes

(... is a kind of reference ) bright-colored; a float attached by rope to the seabed to mark channels in a harbor or underwater hazards

Definition 9: a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he carried an armful of references back to his desk
  • he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

Definition 10: (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) (computer science) the symbolic arrangement of data or instructions in a computer program or the set of such instructions

(... is a kind of reference ) (computer science) a reference or value that is passed to a function, procedure, subroutine, command, or program

(... is a kind of reference ) the address of a web page on the world wide web

(reference belongs to category ...) the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures

Definition 11: refer to - [verb of creation]

Samples where reference or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he referenced his colleagues' work

Synonyms for reference in the sense of this definition

(reference is a kind of ...) produce a literary work

"She composed a poem" "He wrote four novels"

(reference belongs to category ...) the act of creating written works

"writing was a form of therapy for him" "it was a matter of disputed authorship"

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