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source

 
Noun source has 9 senses
  1. beginning, origin, root, rootage, source - the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "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"
    --1 is a kind of point
    --1 has particulars:
     derivation; spring; fountainhead, headspring, head; headwaters; wellhead, wellspring; jumping-off place, point of departure; birthplace, cradle, place of origin, provenance; home; point source; trail head, trailhead
  2. informant, source - a person who supplies information
    --2 is a kind of communicator
    --2 has particulars:
     informer, betrayer, rat, squealer, blabber; leaker; passive source; whistle blower, whistle-blower, whistleblower
  3. reference, source - a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to; "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"; "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
    --3 is a kind of publication
    Derived form: verb source2
  4. source - a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
    --4 is a kind of
    document, written document, papers
    --4 has particulars: source materials; well, wellspring, fountainhead
    Derived form: verb source2
  5. source - a facility where something is available
    --5 is a kind of
    facility, installation
    --5 has particulars: Golconda; goldmine, gold mine
    Derived form: verb source1
  6. source, seed, germ - anything that provides inspiration for later work
    --6 is a kind of inspiration
    --6 has particulars: taproot; muse
  7. generator, source, author - someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
    --7 is a kind of maker, shaper
    --7 has particulars: coiner
  8. source - (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"
    --8 is a kind of
    natural process, natural action, action, activity
    Antonyms: sink
  9. reservoir, source - anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
    --9 is a kind of thing
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