any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin:
Which foods are sources of calcium?
the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
a manufacturer or supplier.
Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.
verb (used with object), sourced, sourcing.
to give or trace the source for:
The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the secretary of state.
to find or acquire a source, especially a supplier, for:
Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.
verb (used without object), sourced, sourcing.
to contract a manufacturer or supplier:
Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.
to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like:
a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.
the point or place from which something originates
a spring that forms the starting point of a stream; headspring
the area where the headwaters of a river rise: the source of the Nile
a person, group, etc, that creates, issues, or originates something: the source of a complaint
any person, book, organization, etc, from which information, evidence, etc, is obtained
(as modifier): source material
anything, such as a story or work of art, that provides a model or inspiration for a later work
(electronics) the electrode region in a field-effect transistor from which majority carriers flow into the interelectrode conductivity channel
at source, at the point of origin
to determine the source of a news report or story
(transitive) foll by from. to originate from
(transitive) to establish an originator or source of (a product, piece of information, etc)
- Source-level debugger
programming, tool A debugger that shows the programmer the line or expression in the source code that resulted in a particular machine code instruction of a running program loaded in memory. This helps the programmer to analyse a program’s behaviour in the high-level terms like source-level flow control constructs, procedure calls, named variables, etc instead […]
noun 1. original, authoritative, or basic materials utilized in research, as diaries or manuscripts.
- Source of all good bits
jargon, job A person from whom (or a place from which) useful information may be obtained. If you need to know about a program, a guru might be the source of all good bits. The title is often applied to a particularly competent secretary. [Jargon File] (2001-01-27)
- Source package
software A collection (usually an archive file) containing all the files necessary to build and modify a piece of software. A Debian source package includes the original source archive (.orig.tar.gz), Debianisation diffs (-.diff.gz) and a Debian source control file (-.dsc). (2000-05-31)