[sawrs, sohrs]
any thing or place from which something comes, arises, or is obtained; origin: Which foods are sources of calcium?
the beginning or place of origin of a stream or river.
a book, statement, person, etc., supplying information.
the person or business making interest or dividend payments.
a manufacturer or supplier.
Archaic. a natural spring or fountain.
verb (used with object), sourced, sourcing.
to give or trace the source for: The research paper was not accurately sourced. The statement was sourced to the secretary of state.
to find or acquire a source, especially a supplier, for: Some of the components are now sourced in Hong Kong.
verb (used without object), sourced, sourcing.
to contract a manufacturer or supplier: Many large companies are now sourcing overseas.
to seek information about or consider possible options, available personnel, or the like: a job recruiter who was merely sourcing.

1300–50; Middle English sours (noun) < Old French sors (masculine), sourse, source (feminine), noun use of past participle of sourdre < Latin surgere to spring up or forth

sourceful, adjective
sourcefulness, noun
sourceless, adjective

sauce, source.

1. supplier, originator. 3. authority, reference. Unabridged
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source (sɔːs)
1.  the point or place from which something originates
2.  a.  a spring that forms the starting point of a stream; headspring
 b.  the area where the headwaters of a river rise: the source of the Nile
3.  a person, group, etc, that creates, issues, or originates something: the source of a complaint
4.  a.  any person, book, organization, etc, from which information, evidence, etc, is obtained
 b.  (as modifier): source material
5.  anything, such as a story or work of art, that provides a model or inspiration for a later work
6.  electronics the electrode region in a field-effect transistor from which majority carriers flow into the interelectrode conductivity channel
7.  at source at the point of origin
vb (foll by from)
8.  to determine the source of a news report or story
9.  to originate from
10.  (tr) to establish an originator or source of (a product, piece of information, etc)
[C14: from Old French sors, from sourdre to spring forth, from Latin surgere to rise]

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Word Origin & History

1346, from O.Fr. sourse "a rising, beginning, fountainhead of a river or stream," fem. noun taken from pp. of sourdre "to rise, spring up," from L. surgere "to rise" (see surge). Meaning "written work (later also a person) supplying information or evidence" is from 1788.
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Computing Dictionary

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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
Point of fact, the fission process is likely the source of the heat discussed
  in the article.
If you can't find what you want locally, try a specialist or a mail-order
So translocations now typically start with one bull per water source, with
  females and younger males released nearby.
Along the way, he extolled guano as an excellent source of it.
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