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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Source  \Source\,  n.  [OE.  sours,  OF  sourse,  surse,  sorse,  F. 
  source,  fr  OF  sors,  p.  p.  of  OF  sordre  surdre  sourdre, 
  to  spring  forth  or  up  F.  sourdre,  fr  L.  surgere  to  lift  or 
  raise  up  to  spring  up  See  {Surge},  and  cf  {Souse}  to 
  plunge  or  swoop  as  a  bird  upon  its  prey.] 
  1.  The  act  of  rising;  a  rise;  an  ascent.  [Obs.] 
  Therefore  right  as  an  hawk  upon  a  sours  Up  springeth 
  into  the  air,  right  so  prayers  .  .  .  Maken  their 
  sours  to  Goddes  ears  two  --Chaucer. 
  2.  The  rising  from  the  ground,  or  beginning,  of  a  stream  of 
  water  or  the  like  a  spring;  a  fountain. 
  Where  as  the  Poo  out  of  a  welle  small  Taketh  his 
  firste  springing  and  his  sours.  --Chaucer. 
  Kings  that  rule  Behind  the  hidden  sources  of  the 
  Nile.  --Addison. 
  3.  That  from  which  anything  comes  forth,  regarded  as  its 
  cause  or  origin;  the  person  from  whom  anything  originates; 
  first  cause 
  This  source  of  ideas  every  man  has  wholly  in 
  himself.  --Locke. 
  The  source  of  Newton's  light,  of  Bacon's  sense 
  Syn:  See  {Origin}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {beginning},  {origin},  {root}] 
  2:  a  document  (or  organization)  from  which  information  is 
  obtained;  "the  reporter  had  two  sources  for  the  story" 
  3:  anything  that  provides  inspiration  for  later  work  [syn:  {seed}, 
  4:  a  facility  where  something  is  available  [syn:  {channel}] 
  5:  a  person  who  supplies  information  [syn:  {informant}] 
  6:  someone  who  originates  or  causes  or  initiates  something  "he 
  was  the  generator  of  several  complaints"  [syn:  {generator}, 
  7:  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:  {reference}] 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
  source  n.  [very  common]  In  reference  to  software,  `source'  is 
  invariably  shorthand  for  `source  code',  the  preferred  human-readable  and 
  human-modifiable  form  of  the  program.  This  is  as  opposed  to  object  code, 
  the  derived  binary  executable  form  of  a  program.  This  shorthand  readily 
  takes  derivative  forms;  one  may  speak  of  "the  sources  of  a  system"  or  of 
  "having  source". 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  {source  code} 

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