Reference Ref"er*ence (r?f"?r-ens), n. [See {Refer}.] 1. The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, reference to a chart for guidance. [1913 Webster]

2. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the attention; as, a reference in a text-book. [1913 Webster]

3. Relation; regard; respect. [1913 Webster]

Something that hath a reference to my state. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. One who, or that which, is referred to. Specifically; (a) One of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, and the like, of another. (b) A work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred. [1913 Webster]

5. (Law) (a) The act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one or more persons for decision. (b) (Equity) The process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and report to the court. [1913 Webster]

6. Appeal. [R.] ``Make your full reference.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Reference Bible}, a Bible in which brief explanations, and references to parallel passages, are printed in the margin of the text. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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