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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     2. That which refers to something; a specific direction of
        the attention; as, a reference in a text-book.
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     3. Relation; regard; respect.
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              Something that hath a reference to my state. --Shak.
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     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
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     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
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     6. Appeal. [R.] "Make your full reference." --Shak.
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     Reference Bible, a Bible in which brief explanations, and
        references to parallel passages, are printed in the margin
        of the text.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn: mention, reference]
      2: 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" [syn: citation, cite,
         acknowledgment, credit, reference, mention,
      3: an indicator that orients you generally; "it is used as a
         reference for comparing the heating and the electrical energy
         involved" [syn: reference point, point of reference,
      4: a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts; "he
         contributed articles to the basic reference work on that
         topic" [syn: reference book, reference, reference work,
         book of facts]
      5: 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" [syn: character, reference,
         character reference]
      6: 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" [syn: reference, denotation,
      7: the act of referring or consulting; "reference to an
         encyclopedia produced the answer" [syn: reference,
      8: 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" [syn: reference, source]
      9: (computer science) the code that identifies where a piece of
         information is stored [syn: address, computer address,
      10: the relation between a word or phrase and the object or idea
          it refers to; "he argued that reference is a consequence of
          conditioned reflexes"
      v 1: refer to; "he referenced his colleagues' work" [syn:
           reference, cite]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  162 Moby Thesaurus words for "reference":
     acknowledgment, advocacy, advocating, advocation,
     affective meaning, allusion, angle, appeal to, applicability,
     application, appositeness, aspect, bearing, by-line, case,
     certificate of character, certification, character,
     character reference, citation, coloring, concern, concernment,
     confession, configuration, connection, connotation, consequence,
     credential, credentials, credit line, cross reference, cross-refer,
     cross-reference, demonstration, denotation, diacritical mark,
     direct attention to, direction, drift, effect, eidolon, end stop,
     endorsement, essence, example, exemplification, extension, facet,
     fashion, feature, figure, force, form, germaneness, gestalt, gist,
     grammatical meaning, guise, hint, idea, illustration, image, imago,
     impact, implication, import, impression, indication, innuendo,
     insinuation, instance, intension, interest, intimation, invoke,
     item, letter of introduction, lexical meaning, light, likeness,
     lineaments, literal meaning, look, make a cross-reference,
     make reference to, manner, materiality, meaning, mention, naming,
     notation, note, notification, overtone, particular, patronage,
     pertinence, phase, phasis, pith, point, practical consequence,
     punctuation, punctuation marks, purport, quotation,
     range of meaning, real meaning, recommend, recommendation,
     refer to, reference mark, referent, referral, regard, relatedness,
     relation, relevance, remark, respect, scope, seeming,
     semantic cluster, semantic field, semblance, sense, shape, side,
     signature, significance, signification, significatum, signifie,
     simulacrum, slant, span of meaning, specification, spirit, stop,
     structural meaning, style, substance, sum, sum and substance,
     symbolic meaning, tenor, testimonial, tittle, total effect,
     totality of associations, trademark, transferred meaning, tribute,
     twist, unadorned meaning, undertone, value, view, viewpoint,
     voucher, wise

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     1.  An address, from the point of view of a
     programming language.  A pointer may be typed, with its type
     indicating the type of data to which it points.
     The terms "pointer" and "reference" are generally
     interchangeable although particular programming languages often
     differentiate these two in subtle ways.  For example, Perl
     always calls them references, never pointers.  Conversely, in
     C, "pointer" is used, although "a reference" is often used to
     denote the concept that a pointer implements.
     Anthony Hoare once said:
     Pointers are like jumps, leading wildly from one part of the
     data structure to another.  Their introduction into high-level
     languages has been a step backward from which we may never
     [C.A.R.Hoare "Hints on Programming Language Design", 1973,
     Prentice-Hall collection of essays and papers by Tony Hoare].
     2.  (Or "mouse pointer") An icon, usually
     a small arrow, that moves on the screen in response to
     movement of a pointing device, typically a mouse.  The
     pointer shows the user which object on the screen will be
     selected etc. when a mouse button is clicked.

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REFERENCE, practice. The act of sending any matter by a court of chancery or 
  one exercising equitable powers, to a master or other officer, in order that 
  he may ascertain facts and report to the court. By reference is also 
  understood that part of an instrument of writing where it points to another 
  for the matters therein contained. For the effect of such reference, see 1 
  Pick. R. 27; 17 Mass. R. 443; 15 Pick. R. 66; 7 Halst. R. 25; 14 Wend. R. 
  619; 10 Conn. R. 422; 4 Greenl. R. 14, 471; 3 Greenl. R. 393; 6 Pick. R. 
  460; the thing referred to is also called a reference. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REFERENCE, contracts. An agreement to submit to certain arbitrators, matters 
  in dispute between two or more parties, for their decision, and judgment. 
  The persons to whom such matters are referred are sometimes called referees. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REFERENCE, mercantile law. A direction or request by a party who asks a 
  credit to the person from whom he expects it, to call on some other person 
  named in order to ascertain the character or mercantile standing of the 

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