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If I pick a word from the dictionary and have to disclose the source, well, the dictionary pretty much IS the source.
Definition as follows:
Forms: 4–5 sours, 5–6 surs, 5–7 sourse; 4– source (6 sowrce).
[a. OF. sors, *surs, *sours masc., and surse, sourse, source (mod.F. source) fem., substantival uses of the pa. pple. of sourdre to rise or spring:
see sourd v.]
†1.1 ‘A support or underprop’ (Gwilt). Obs.
1346 in J. T. Smith Antiq. Westm. (1807) 209 [In the works of the said chapel for sources to the images under the tabernacles.‥ The columns
placed‥under the aforesaid sources.] 1359–60 Ely Sacr. Rolls II. 194 In stipend. Roberti Burwelle facientis Garguyles et ymagines pro
sources ad le blakrode.
†2.2 a.2.a Hawking. The act of rising on the wing, on the part of a hawk or other bird. Obs.
c 1384 Chaucer H. Fame 544 Me fleynge in a swappe he hente, And with hys sours a-yene vp went. c 1386 ― Sompn. T. 230 Right as an
hauk upon a sours Upspringeth into thaer, right so prayeres‥Maken her sours to Goddis eeres tuo. 1513 Douglas Æneid v. v. 21 [Ganymede]
Quham, with a surs, swiftlie Jovis squyer Caucht in his clukis, and bair up in the air. 1575 Turberv. Faulconrie 127 The Sparowhawkes do vse to
kill the fowle at the Sowrce or Souse as the Goshawkes do. 1612 Selden Illustr. Drayton's Poly-olb. v. D.'s Wks. 1876 I. 145 But the Goshawk,
taken at the source by the Falcon, soon fell down at the King's foot.
†b.2.b The rising of the sun. Obs.
? a 1400 Morte Arth. 1978 In-to Sessoyne he soughte‥And at the surs of the sonne disseuerez his knyghttez.
†c.2.c An assault or attack. Obs.
1616 J. Lane Contn. Sqr.'s T. ix. 179 He gallantlie receavinge bothe theire sourse, and theie as resolutelie quittinge force.
3. a.3.a The fountain-head or origin of a river or stream; the spring or place from which a flow of water takes its beginning.
c 1386 Chaucer Clerk's Prol. 49 Wher as the Poo out of a welle smal Takith his firste springyng and his sours. 1426 Lydg. De Guil. Pilg.
21838 Ryht as a welle hath hys sours Vpward, with water quyk and cler. 1579 Spenser Sheph. Cal. Nov. 126 The flouds do gaspe, for dryed is theyr
sourse. 1601 Holland Pliny xxxi. iii. 408 The head or source therof ariseth at the foot of the utmost mountains of the Pelignians. 1673
Temple Obs. United Prov. Wks. 1720 I. 7 He that would know the Nature of the Water,‥must find out its Source, and observe with what Strength it
rises. 1687 A. Lovell tr. Thevenot's Trav. ii. 46 That River‥takes its source about four days Journey from Mardin. 1738 Gray Tasso 51 Of
many a flood they view'd the secret source. 1774 Goldsm. Nat. Hist. (1824) I. 86 All rivers have their source either in mountains or elevated
lakes. 1808 Pike Sources Mississ. iii. App. 6 The river‥may be about 1000 miles in length, from its sources to its discharges. 1846
McCulloch Acc. Brit. Empire (1854) I. 9 Near the sources of the South Tyne and the Tees. 1878 Huxley Physiogr. 20 The streams and springs from
which a river is popularly said to take its rise are‥only its proximate sources.
transf. 1605 Shakes. Macb. ii. iii. 104 The Spring, the Head, the Fountaine of your Blood Is stopt, the very Source of it is stopt. 1810
Scott Lady of L. iii. ix, The billow‥That far to seaward finds his source.
attrib. 1881 Rep. Geol. Explor. New Zealand 135 The middle part of the Buckler Burn, before breaking up into its source-branches. 1899
Athenæum 28 Oct. 585/1 To control the source-region of the Nile.
b.3.b With a and pl. A spring; a fountain.
c 1477 Caxton Jason 102 b, Hit semed that hit had ben a sourse or sprynge rennyng oute of his body. 1596 Drayton Legends iii. 451 Like
those that strive to stop some swelling Sourse. 1632 Lithgow Trav. vi. 292 A source or standing Well. Ibid. viii. 373 Their Bestiall are
watered with sources. 1662 J. Davies tr. Mandelslo's Trav. 199 There is, among others, a source of hot-water which hath the taste of Tin, and
issues out of a Cave. 1735 Somerville Chase ii. 24 Where trickling Streams distil From some penurious Source. 1820 Byron Juan iv. liv,
Though sleeping like a lion near a source. 1855 Tennyson Letters v, Like torrents from a mountain source. 1856 Merivale Rom. Emp. xl.
(1871) V. 19 In the time of Augustus seven aqueducts brought water from distant sources to Rome.
transf. 1589 Greene Menaphon Wks. (Grosart) VI. 43 Yet kissing the pretie infant, shee lightened out smiles from those cheekes that were
furrowed with continual sources of teares.
c.3.c In fig. contexts.
1581 T. Howell Deuises (1879) 205 Whose strayned hart in sowrce of sorrowe swymmes. 1609 Drayton Legend Cromwell 21 This was to me that
ouerflowing sourse, From whence his bounties plentifully spring. 1647 Clarendon Hist. Reb. i. §6 No man can shew me a source from whence these
waters of bitterness‥have more probably flowed. 1754 Gray Pleasure 54 Near the source whence Pleasure flows. 1754 ― Progr. Poesy 94
This can‥ope the sacred source of sympathetic Tears. 1835 T. Mitchell Acharn. of Aristoph. 479 note, The foundation of Megara was in itself a
source of hostile feeling, which was never likely to be wholly dried up.
4.4 fig. a.4.a The chief or prime cause of something of a non-material or abstract character; the quarter whence something of this kind originates.
c 1374 Chaucer Troylus v. 1591 O swerd of knighthod, sours of gentilesse! 1390 Gower Conf. I. 46 Sche that is the Source and Welle Of
wel or wo. 1412–20 Lydg. Chron. Troy iii. 5469 Of knyȝthod grounde, of manhod sours & wel. 1613 J. Tapp Pathw. Knowledge 322 This
Charracter √ signifieth the source, roote or beginning of any number or quantity whatsoeuer. 1690 Locke Hum. Und. ii. i. §4 This source of
ideas, every man has wholly in himself. 1760–2 Goldsm. Cit. W. iv, Pride seems the source not only of their national vices, but of their
national virtues also. 1770 Junius Lett. xxxix. (1788) 220 The free election of our representatives‥is the source and security of every right
and privilege. 1831 Scott Cast. Dang. viii, It is my duty‥to leave no stone unturned by which this business may be traced to the source.
1857 Miller Elem. Chem., Org. ii. §3. 77 Gases of an offensive odour, which are the source of annoyance to the neighbourhood. 1875
Manning Mission H. Ghost xii. 223 This intellectual perversion is the source of a systematic immorality.
b.4.b With a, this, etc., or pl.
1642 H. More Song of Soul i. ii. 147 All strength and livelyhood is from this sourse. 1718 Prior Knowledge 413 She is oblig'd and forced
to see A First, a Source, a Life, a Deity. 1759 Robertson Hist. Scot. iii. Wks. 1813 I. 197 The sixth article remained the only source of
contest and difficulty. 1824 R. Stuart Hist. Steam Engine 195 The many sources of consolation which were afforded by the circumstances.
1848 Dickens Dombey vii, Something or somebody had superseded him as a source of interest. 1861 Buckle Civiliz. (1873) II. viii. 559 One
source of danger to which they had long been exposed was considerably lessened.
c.4.c The origin, or original stock, of a person, family, etc.
1669 Dryden Tyrannic Love iv. i, And, thy full Term expir'd, without all Pain, Dissolve into thy Astral Source again. 1738 Gray Propertius
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