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Definition 1: a facility where something is available - [noun denoting artifact]

(source is a kind of ...) a building or place that provides a particular service or is used for a particular industry

"the assembly plant is an enormous facility"

(... is a kind of source ) a source of great wealth (especially a mine)

(... is a kind of source ) a good source of something that is desired

Definition 2: anything that provides inspiration for later work - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for source in the sense of this definition

(source is a kind of ...) arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity

(... is a kind of source ) something that provides an important central source for growth or development

"the taproot of his resentment" "genius and insanity spring from the same taproot"

(... is a kind of source ) the source of an artist's inspiration

"Euterpe was his muse"

Definition 3: a document (or organization) from which information is obtained - [noun denoting communication]

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

  • the reporter had two sources for the story

(source is a kind of ...) writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

(... is a kind of source ) publications from which information is obtained

(... is a kind of source ) an abundant source

"she was a well of information"

Definition 4: a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where source 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 source in the sense of this definition

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

Definition 5: the place where something begins, where it springs into being - [noun denoting location]

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

  • 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

Synonyms for source in the sense of this definition

(source is a kind of ...) the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

"she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"

(... is a kind of source ) the beginning of a trail

(... is a kind of source ) a concentrated source (especially of radiation or pollution) that is spatially constricted

(... is a kind of source ) place where something began and flourished

"the United States is the home of basketball"

(... is a kind of source ) where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence

"the birthplace of civilization"

(... is a kind of source ) a place from which an enterprise or expedition is launched

"one day when I was at a suitable jumping-off place I decided to see if I could find him" "my point of departure was San Francisco"

(... is a kind of source ) the source of water for a well

(... is a kind of source ) the source of a river

"the headwaters of the Nile"

(... is a kind of source ) the source of water from which a stream arises

"they tracked him back toward the head of the stream"

(... is a kind of source ) a point at which water issues forth

(... is a kind of source ) the source or origin from which something derives (i.e. comes or issues)

"he prefers shoes of Italian derivation" "music of Turkish derivation"

Definition 6: anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies - [noun denoting object]

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

  • an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival

Synonyms for source in the sense of this definition

(source is a kind of ...) a separate and self-contained entity

Definition 7: someone who originates or causes or initiates something - [noun denoting person]

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

  • he was the generator of several complaints

Synonyms for source in the sense of this definition

(source is a kind of ...) a person who makes things

(... is a kind of source ) someone who is a source of new words or new expressions

Definition 8: a person who supplies information - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for source in the sense of this definition

(source is a kind of ...) a person who communicates with others

(... is a kind of source ) one who reveals confidential information in return for money

(... is a kind of source ) a surreptitious informant

"the president wanted to know who the leakers were"

(... is a kind of source ) an informant who is not assigned to obtain specific intelligence but who routinely passes on whatever information he or she has

(... is a kind of source ) an informant who exposes wrongdoing within an organization in the hope of stopping it

"the law gives little protection to whistleblowers who feel the public has a right to know what is going on" "the whistleblower was fired for exposing the conditions in mental hospitals"

Definition 9: (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system - [noun denoting process]

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

  • a heat source
  • a source of carbon dioxide

(source is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of source ) the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived

"the rumor had its origin in idle gossip" "vegetable origins" "mineral origin" "origin in sensation"

(source belongs to category ...) the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems

"he had trouble deciding which branch of engineering to study"

Definition 10: specify the origin of - [verb of cognition]

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

  • The writer carefully sourced her report

(source is a kind of ...) support or supply with references

"Can you document your claims?"

Definition 11: get (a product) from another country or business - [verb of possession]

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

  • She sourced a supply of carpet
  • They are sourcing from smaller companies

(source is a kind of ...) come into possession of

"How did you obtain the visa?"

(... is a kind of source ) obtain goods or services from an outside supplier; to contract work out

"Many companies outsource and hire consultants in order to maintain a flexible workforce"

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