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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

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

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

All I know is movies; I went to school, but movies are my reference point for everything. I figured I'd have to P.A. or intern in the art department. Because the filmmaking process is so many people creating to make one piece of magic, so I've always wanted to be involved. With the acting, I doubted it.
Jordan Ladd

The more I am in a position to be tried in faith with reference to my body, my family, my service for the Lord, my business, etc., the more shall I have opportunity of seeing God's help and deliverance; and every fresh instance, in which He helps and delivers me, will tend towards the increase of my faith.
George Muller

A critic should be taught to criticise a work of art without making any reference to the personality of the author.
Oscar Wilde
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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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