Definition of reference
What does the word reference mean?
part of speech: noun, transitive verb
Referring of matter for decision or settlement or consideration to some authority, scope given to such authority, (the peerage was allowed without r. to the House of Lords; the r. is very wide, strictly limited; the Commission must confine itself to, that is a question outside, the r.); relation, respect, correspondence, to (the parts of a machine all have r. to each other; success seems to have little r. to merit; in, with, r. to, regarding, as regards, about; without r. to, irrespective of); allusion to (r., a or no r., several rr., to a previous conversation was or were made); direction more or less precise to (page &c. of) book &c. where information may be found (loads his pages with, does not give, rr.; cross r., to another passage in same book; r. bible, with marginal cross rr.; legislation by r., use in bill-drafting of rr. to previous statutes instead of restatement), mark used to refer reader of text to note or to part of diagram; act of looking up passage &c., or of referring another or applying to person, for information (r. or a r. to the dictionary would have enlightened him; please give me a r., I should like to make r., to your last employer; book of r., to be used not for continuous reading, but to consult on occasion; r. library, where books may be consulted without being taken away), person named by one applying for post or offering goods &c. as willing to vouch for him or them (who are your rr.?); hence referential a. (Vb) provide (book) with rr. to authorities.