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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Reference  \Ref"er*ence\  (r?f"?r-ens),  n.  [See  {Refer}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  referring,  or  the  state  of  being  referred;  as 
  reference  to  a  chart  for  quidance. 
 
  2.  That  which  refers  to  something  a  specific  direction  of 
  the  attention;  as  a  reference  in  a  text-book. 
 
  3.  Relation;  regard;  respect. 
 
  Something  that  hath  a  reference  to  my  state.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  One  who  or  that  which  is  referred  to  Specifically; 
  a  One  of  whom  inquires  can  be  made  as  to  the  integrity, 
  capacity,  and  the  like  of  another. 
  b  A  work  or  a  passage  in  a  work  to  which  one  is 
  referred. 
 
  5.  (Law) 
  a  The  act  of  submitting  a  matter  in  dispute  to  the 
  judgment  of  one  or  more  persons  for  decision. 
  b  (Equity)  The  process  of  sending  any  matter,  for 
  inquiry  in  a  cause  to  a  master  or  other  officer,  in 
  order  that  he  may  ascertain  facts  and  report  to  the 
  court. 
 
  6.  Appeal.  [R.]  ``Make  your  full  reference.''  --Shak. 
 
  {Reference  Bible},  a  Bible  in  which  brief  explanations,  and 
  references  to  parallel  passages,  are  printed  in  the  margin 
  of  the  text. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  reference 
  n  1:  a  remark  that  calls  attention  to  something  or  someone  "she 
  made  frequent  mention  of  her  promotion";  "there  was  no 
  mention  of  it";  "the  speaker  made  several  references  to 
  his  wife"  [syn:  {mention}] 
  2:  a  short  note  acknowledging  a  source  of  information  or 
  quoting  a  passage;  "the  student's  essay  failed  to  list 
  several  important  citations";  "the  article  includes 
  mention  of  similar  clinical  cases"  [syn:  {citation},  {credit}, 
  {mention},  {quotation}] 
  3:  an  indicator  that  orients  you  generally;  "it  is  used  as  a 
  reference  for  comparing  the  heating  and  the  electrical 
  energy  involved"  [syn:  {reference  point},  {point  of 
  reference}] 
  4:  a  book  to  which  you  can  refer  for  authoritative  facts;  "he 
  contributed  articles  to  the  basic  reference  work  on  that 
  topic"  [syn:  {reference  book},  {reference  work},  {book  of 
  facts}] 
  5:  a  formal  recommendation  by  a  former  employer  to  a  potential 
  future  employer  describing  the  person's  qualifications  and 
  dependability;  "requests  for  character  references  are  all 
  to  often  answered  evasively"  [syn:  {character},  {character 
  reference}] 
  6:  the  class  of  objects  that  an  expression  refers  to  "the 
  extension  of  `satellite  of  Mars'  is  the  set  containing 
  only  Demos  and  Phobos"  [syn:  {denotation},  {extension}] 
  7:  the  act  of  referring;  "reference  to  an  encyclopedia  produced 
  the  answer"  [syn:  {consultation}] 
  8:  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"  [syn:  {source}] 
  9:  the  relation  between  a  word  or  phrase  and  the  object  or  idea 
  it  refers  to  "he  argued  that  reference  is  a  consequence 
  of  conditioned  reflexes" 
  v  :  refer  to  [syn:  {cite}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  reference 
 
  {pointer} 
 
 




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