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Definition of Reference

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

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

Sanity is only that which is within the frame of reference of conventional thought.
Erich Fromm

When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed - from song lyric to tragic speech - must make its point, as it were, without reference back.
James Fenton

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
Fanny Brice

Principles and rules are intended to provide a thinking man with a frame of reference.
Carl von Clausewitz
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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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