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Definition of Reference


  1. The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance.
  2. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text-book.
  3. Relation; regard; respect.
  4. One who, or that which, is referred to.
  5. One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another.
  6. A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred.
  7. The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision.
  8. The process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court.
  9. Appeal.

Reference Quotations

The second one, the joint Truth and Friendship Commission, which we started now with Indonesia, that is the one that has been criticized; its terms of reference call for providing amnesty for those who cooperate in telling the truth. It does not lead to prosecution.
Jose Ramos-Horta

As the eldest son of an Alabama sharecropper family, I was constantly troubled by a collage of North American southern behaviors and notions in reference to the inhumanity of people. There were questions that I did not know how to ask but could, in my young, unsophisticated way, articulate a series of answers.
John Henrik Clarke

No finite point has meaning without an infinite reference point.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I like to give people novels I think they would like, on no particular occasion - just when we're in a bookstore together. I like to receive reference books on my birthday.
Daniel Handler

When you use the term minority or minorities in reference to people, you're telling them that they're less than somebody else.
Gwendolyn Brooks
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Reference Translations

reference in Afrikaans is verwysing
reference in Dutch is referentie, verwijzing
reference in German is Verweis, Hinweis, Bezug, Bezugnahme
reference in Italian is biasimo, riferimento, raccomandazione, riferimento
reference in Spanish is referencia, remision, reprimenda
reference in Swedish is avseende, referens
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