Meaning of SOURCE in English

I. ˈsȯrs noun

Etymology: Middle English sours, from Anglo-French surse spring, source, from past participle of surdre to rise, spring forth, from Latin surgere — more at surge

Date: 14th century


a. : a generative force : cause


(1) : a point of origin or procurement : beginning

(2) : one that initiates : author ; also : prototype , model

(3) : one that supplies information


a. : the point of origin of a stream of water : fountainhead

b. archaic : spring , fount

3. : a firsthand document or primary reference work

4. : an electrode in a field-effect transistor that supplies the charge carriers for current flow — compare drain , gate

Synonyms: see origin

• source·less -ləs adjective

II. transitive verb

( sourced ; sourc·ing )

Date: 1957

1. : to specify the source of (as quoted material)

2. : to obtain from a source

metals sourced from abroad

III. adjective

Date: 1959

: of, relating to, or being source code

a source file

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.