cf.

cf.

1.
Bookbinding. calf.
2.
Music. cantus firmus.
3.
Baseball. center fielder.

Origin:
< Latin confer

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cf.
 
abbreviation for
compare
 
[Latin: confer]

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cf.
abbreviation of L. confer "compare" (see confer).
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An abbreviation meaning “compare.” It is short for the Latin word confer and instructs the reader to compare one thing with another.

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cf.
  1. calfskin

  2. Latin confer (compare)

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