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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
    Synonym(s): beginning, origin, root, rootage, source
  2. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
  3. anything that provides inspiration for later work
    Synonym(s): source, seed, germ
  4. a facility where something is available
  5. a person who supplies information
    Synonym(s): informant, source
  6. someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
    Synonym(s): generator, source, author
  7. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"
    Antonym(s): sink
  8. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
    Synonym(s): reservoir, source
  9. 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"
    Synonym(s): reference, source
  1. get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
  2. specify the origin of; "The writer carefully sourced her report"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Source \Source\, n. [OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F.
      source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre,
      to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere to lift or
      raise up, to spring up. See {Surge}, and cf. {Souse} to
      plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey.]
      1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]
                     Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours Up springeth
                     into the air, right so prayers . . . Maken their
                     sours to Goddes ears two.                  --Chaucer.
      2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of
            water or the like; a spring; a fountain.
                     Where as the Poo out of a welle small Taketh his
                     firste springing and his sours.         --Chaucer.
                     Kings that rule Behind the hidden sources of the
                     Nile.                                                --Addison.
      3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its
            cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates;
            first cause.
                     This source of ideas every man has wholly in
                     himself.                                             --Locke.
                     The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense.
      Syn: See {Origin}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      {source code}
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