source, reservoir
n. anything (a person or animal or plant or substance) in which an infectious agent normally lives and multiplies; "an infectious agent depends on a reservoir for its survival"
n. a document (or organization) from which information is obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
source, reference
n. 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"
rootage, source, root, origin, beginning
n. the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root"
author, source, generator
n. someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
n. (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide"
n. a facility where something is available
v. get (a product) from another country or business; "She sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from smaller companies"
v. specify the origin of; "The writer carefully sourced her report"
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n. supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation; "the statue stood on a marble support"
credentials, credential, certification, certificate
n. a document attesting to the truth of certain stated facts
n. (anatomy) the part of an organ nearest its point of attachment; "the base of the skull"
n. the lowest part of anything; "they started at the bottom of the hill"
drainage area, catchment basin, catchment area, drainage basin, river basin, watershed, basin
n. the entire geographical area drained by a river and its tributaries; an area characterized by all runoff being conveyed to the same outlet; "flood control in the Missouri basin"
eye, heart, middle, centre, center
n. an area that is approximately central within some larger region; "it is in the center of town"; "they ran forward into the heart of the struggle"; "they were in the eye of the storm"
n. the central part of the Earth
natural spring, outpouring, outflow, fountain, spring
n. a natural flow of ground water
God, Supreme Being
n. the supernatural being conceived as the perfect and omnipotent and omniscient originator and ruler of the universe; the object of worship in monotheistic religions
n. a person who grows or makes or invents things
n. a spectator who can describe what happened
n. someone who makes frames (as for pictures)
n. someone who writes a new law or plan; "the framers of the Constitution"
initiator, instigator
n. a person who initiates a course of action
n. a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people; "my spies tell me that you had a good time last night"
n. the basis on which something is grounded; "there is little foundation for his objections"
ground, basis, footing
n. a relation that provides the foundation for something; "they were on a friendly footing"; "he worked on an interim basis"
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n. (technology) a process that acts to absorb or remove energy or a substance from a system; "the ocean is a sink for carbon dioxide"
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