Textual thesaurus for "reference"

(noun) consultation

the act of referring or consulting

reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer

(noun) denotation, extension

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

(noun) address, computer address

(computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of information is stored

(noun) book of facts, reference book, reference work

a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts

he contributed articles to the basic reference work on that topic

(noun) character, character reference

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

(noun) mention, quotation, citation, cite, acknowledgment, credit

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

(noun) mention

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

(noun) point of reference, reference point

an indicator that orients you generally

it is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved

(noun) source

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

(verb) cite

refer to

he referenced his colleagues' work