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reference (ˈrɛfərəns, ˈrɛfrəns)
1.  the act or an instance of referring
2.  something referred, esp proceedings submitted to a referee in law
3.  a direction of the attention to a passage elsewhere or to another book, document, etc
4.  a book or passage referred to
5.  a mention or allusion: this book contains several references to the Civil War
6.  philosophy
 a.  the relation between a word, phrase, or symbol and the object or idea to which it refers
 b.  Compare sense the object referred to by an expression
7.  a.  a source of information or facts
 b.  (as modifier): a reference book; a reference library
8.  a written testimonial regarding one's character or capabilities
9.  a person referred to for such a testimonial
10.  a.  (foll by to) relation or delimitation, esp to or by membership of a specific class or group; respect or regard: all people, without reference to sex or age
 b.  (as modifier): a reference group
11.  point of reference a fact forming the basis of an evaluation or assessment; criterion
12.  terms of reference the specific limits of responsibility that determine the activities of an investigating body, etc
13.  to furnish or compile a list of references for (an academic thesis, publication, etc)
14.  to make a reference to; refer to: he referenced Chomsky, 1956
15.  commerce re with reference to: reference your letter of the 9th inst

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