1
[ verb ] make reference to

Examples

: "His name was mentioned in connection with the invention"

Used in print

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

Emerson , in his lecture , refers to the `` startling experience which almost every person confesses in daylight , that particular passages of conversation and action have occurred to him in the same order before , whether dreaming or waking , a suspicion that they have been with precisely these persons in precisely this room , and heard precisely this dialogue , at some former hour , they know not when '' .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

In the discussion which follows , the time average of the radio_emission will be referred to as the constant component , and the superimposed periodic variation will be called the variable component .

(R. P. Jerrard, "Inscribed squares in plane curves"...)

We will refer to the plane of C and **f as the C-plane and to the plane of the graph as the f-plane .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

The speaker referred to the whiskey but his friend thought he meant the cold .

(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)

For_example , when the film is only four minutes old , Neitzbohr refers to a small , Victorian piano_stool as `` Wilhelmina '' , and we are thereupon subjected to a flashback that informs us that this very piano_stool was once used by an epileptic governess whose name , of_course , was Doris ( the English equivalent , when passed_through middle Gaelic derivations , of Wilhelmina ) .

2
[ verb ] be about; have to do with; be relevant to; refer, pertain, or relate to

Examples

"What's this novel all about?" "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

The terms are generally taken_for_granted as though they referred to direct and axiomatic elements in the common experience of all .

For in the modern_world neither `` spirit '' nor `` matter '' refer to any generally agreed-upon elements of experience .

In such a world the words `` matter '' and `` spirit '' both referred to directly known realities in the common experience of all .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

And when psychology explains glibly , `` but the subconscious_mind is able to produce it '' it refers to a mental region so vaguely identified that it may embrace the entire universal mind as conceivably as part of the individual mind .

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

The length of the arrow indicates amount of slowing or acceleration at Completion over that at Onset , and the difference in months can be read roughly by referring the arrow to the age scale along the base of each figure , or more precisely by referring to the original data in the appropriate tables .

3
[ verb ] think of, regard, or classify under a subsuming principle or with a general group or in relation to another

Examples

"This plant can be referred to a known species"

Used in print

(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)

There is no framework or structure of thought with_respect_to which we can organize it and no part of reality , as we know and apprehend it , with_respect_to which we can refer this experience .

(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)

Consider a shear field with a height of H and a cross-sectional area of A opposed by a manometer with a height of h ( referred to the same base as H ) and a cross-sectional area of a .

In the above development we have applied the thermodynamics_of_equilibrium ( referred to by some as thermostatics ) to the steady state .

(B. J. D. Meeuse, The Story of Pollination....)

One of my favorites is A._armata , a species very common in England , where it is sometimes referred to as the lawn bee .

(W. E. B. DuBois, Worlds of Color....)

It was arranged that he would board in the home of one of the old members of the church , a woman named Catt who , as Wilson afterward found , was briefly referred to as The_Cat because of her sharp_tongue and fierce initiative .

Related terms

classify reference

4
[ verb ] send or direct for treatment, information, or a decision

Examples

: "refer a patient to a specialist" "refer a bill to a committee"

Used in print

(Jack Kaplan, "The Health Machine Menace: Therapy by...)

And there was the case of Tom_Hepker , a machinist , who was referred by a friend to a health machine quack who treated him with a so-called diagnostic machine for what Doctor_Fraud said was a system full of arsenic and strychnine .

(Jacob Robbins et al., "The thyroid-stimulating...)

Brown ( 1959 ) has reviewed generally the various methods of assaying TSH , and the reader is referred to her paper for further information on the subject .

5
[ verb ] seek information from

Synonyms

look_up consult

Examples

"You should consult the dictionary" "refer to your notes"

Used in print

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

The length of the arrow indicates amount of slowing or acceleration at Completion over that at Onset , and the difference in months can be read roughly by referring the arrow to the age scale along the base of each figure , or more precisely by referring to the original data in the appropriate tables .

This difference is readily clarified by referring to Table 1 .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

This clergyman should have referred to Shakespeare 's dictum : `` So-so is a good , very good , very excellent maxim .

Related terms

research reference reference

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[ verb ] have as a meaning

Synonyms

denote

Examples

`multi-' denotes `many' "

Used in print

(Bell I. Wiley, "Home Letters of Johnny Reb and Billy...)

Men of more delicate sensibilities referred to this condition as `` looseness_of_the_bowels '' ; but a much more common designation was `` the_sh-ts '' .

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

But I suspect that the old Roman was referring to change made under military occupation - the sort of change which Tacitus was talking_about when he said , `` They make a desert , and call it peace '' ( `` Solitudinem faciunt , pacem appellant '' . )

(Charles Wharton Stork, "Verner von Heidenstam"...)

Hence the title of the book , referring to the soldiers and subjects of the king ; on the fatal battlefield of Poltava , to quote from the novel , `` the wreath he twined for himself slipped down upon his people '' .

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