R E F E R E N C E S
Refer vb [ME referren, fr. L referre to bring back, report, refer, fr. re- + ferre to carry -more at Bear] vt [14c] 1a : to think of, regard, or classify within a general category or group : to explain in terms of a general cause b: to allot to a particular place, stage, or period c: to regard as coming from or located in a specific area 2a: to send or direct for treatment, aid, information, or decision [__ a patient to a specialist] [__ a bill back to a committee] b: to direct for testimony or guaranty as to character or ability -vi 1a: to have relation or connection: Relate b: to direct attention usu. by clear and specific mention [no one referred to yesterday's quarrel] 2: to have recourse: glance briefly [referred frequently to his notes while speaking]
1 Reference n [1598 1: the act of referring or consulting 2: a bearing on a matter: Relation [in __ to your recent letter] 3: something that refers: as a: Allusion, Mention b: something [as a sign or indication] that refers a reader or consulter to another source of information [as a book or passage] c: consultation of sources of information 4: one referred to or consulted: as a: a person to whom inquiries as to character or ability can be made b: a statement of the qualifications of a person seeking employment or appointment given by someone familiar with the person c : a source of information [as a book or passage] to which a reader or consulter is referred : a work [as a dictionary or encyclopedia] containing useful facts or inforamtion d: Denotation, Meaning
2 Reference adj : used or ussable for reference; esp: constituting a standard for measuring or constructing
3 Reference vt  1a: to supply with references b: to cite in or as a reference 2: to put in a form [as a table] adapted to easy reference
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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