DIMENSIONS: CONTEXT / Relationship
R E F E R E N C E S
Reference n. 1. an act or instance of referring. 2. direction of the attention: marks of reference. 3. a mention; allusion. 4. direction or a direction to some source of information. 5. use or recourse for purposes of information: a library for public reference. 6. a person to whom one refers for testimony as to one's character, abilities, etc. 7. a statement usually written, made by this person. 8. relation, regard, or respect: all persons, without reference to age. -v.t. 9. to furnish [a book, dissertation, etc.] with references. 10. to mention or arrange as a reference.
-Syn. 4. note, citation. 7. endorsement. 8. consideration, concern.
Refer -v.t. 1. to direct the attention or thoughts of: The asterisk refers the reader to a footnote. 2. to direct to a person, place, etc., for information or anything required. 3. to hand over or submit for information, consideration, decision, etc. 4. to assign to a class, period, etc.; regard as belonging or related. -v.i. 5. to make reference or allusion. 6. to apply, as for information or reference. [ME referr(en) < L refer(re) (to) bring back = re- RE- + ferre to bring, BEAR1] -Syn. 4. attribute, ascribe, impute.
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]
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