Definition of Reference


  • the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to
    "he argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
  • (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored
    - computer address
  • a publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to
    "he carried an armful of references back to his desk"
    "he spent hours looking for the source of that quotation"
  • the act of referring or consulting
    "reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
  • the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
    the class of objects that an expression refers to
    "the extension of `satellite of Mars' is the set containing only Demos and Phobos"
  • a formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability
    "requests for character references are all too often answered evasively"
    - character reference
  • a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
    "he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic"
    - reference book - reference work - book of facts
  • an indicator that orients you generally
    "it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
    - reference point - point of reference
  • a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
    "the student's essay failed to list several important citations"
    "the acknowledgments are usually printed at the front of a book"
    "the article includes mention of similar clinical cases"
  • a remark that calls attention to something or someone
    "she made frequent mention of her promotion"
    "there was no mention of it"
    "the speaker made several references to his wife"


  • refer to
    "he referenced his colleagues' work"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Word games points for the Reference

  • Scrabble® score of the reference (14)
  • Word Chums® score of the reference (18)
  • Words With Friends® score of the reference (16)

Unscramble reference

45 unscramble word found using the letters reference.

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