Reference is a relation between objects in which one object designates, or acts as a means by which to connect to or link to, another object. The first object in this relation is said to refer to the second object. The second object – the one to which the first object refers – is called the referent of the first object.
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... The Encyclopedia of Public Health is a reference set of four volumes covering all aspects of public health for the lay reader ... It has received the CHOICE 2002 award for Outstanding Academic Reference Title and has been listed in the Booklist/Reference Book Bulletin Editor's Choice of Outstanding Reference titles ...
... Reference doses are chemical-specific, i.e ... the EPA determines a unique reference dose for every substance it evaluates ... Reference doses are specific to dietary exposure ...
... The geometrical separation between it and the reference ellipsoid is called the geoidal undulation ... A reference ellipsoid, customarily chosen to be the same size (volume) as the geoid, is described by its semi-major axis (equatorial radius) a and flattening f ... The 1980 Geodetic Reference System (GRS 80) posited a 378. 137m semi-major axis and a 1/298.257 101 ... flattening ...
... The literary reference not only demonstrates the character's knowledge of classic texts, but the poem's reference to the Pacific Ocean matches Mayhew's announcement that he will "jus' walk on down to the ... This is likely a reference to Marshall Swain and George Pappas, philosophers whose work focuses on themes explored in the movie, including the limitations of knowledge and nature of being ... Critics have suggested that the movie indirectly references the work of writers Dante Alighieri (through the use of Divine Comedy imagery) and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (through the presence of Faustian bargains) ...
More definitions of "reference":
- (noun): A publication (or a passage from a publication) that is referred to.
- (noun): The act of referring or consulting.
Example: "Reference to an encyclopedia produced the answer"
- (noun): The most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression; the class of objects that an expression refers to.
Synonyms: denotation, extension
- (noun): A remark that calls attention to something or someone.
- (noun): The relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea it refers to.
Example: "He argued that reference is a consequence of conditioned reflexes"
- (noun): An indicator that orients you generally.
Example: "It is used as a reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy involved"
Synonyms: reference point, point of reference
- (noun): A short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage.
Synonyms: citation, acknowledgment, credit, mention, quotation
- (noun): A formal recommendation by a former employer to a potential future employer describing the person's qualifications and dependability.
Synonyms: character, character reference
Famous quotes containing the word reference:
“In writing these Tales ... at long intervals, I have kept the book-unity always in mind ... with reference to its effect as part of a whole.”
—Edgar Allan Poe (18091849)
“I think, for the rest of my life, I shall refrain from looking up things. It is the most ravenous time-snatcher I know. You pull one book from the shelf, which carries a hint or a reference that sends you posthaste to another book, and that to successive others. It is incredible, the number of books you hopefully open and disappointedly close, only to take down another with the same result.”
—Carolyn Wells (18621942)
“A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen.”
—Charles Sanders Peirce (18391914)