reference number meaning, reference number definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( references    plural  )
1       n-var   Referenceto someone or something is the act of talking about them or mentioning them. A reference is a particular example of this.  
He made no reference to any agreement...     
2       n-uncount   Reference is the act of consulting someone or something in order to get information or advice.  
Please keep this sheet in a safe place for reference.     
3       adj   Reference books are ones that you look at when you need specific information or facts about a subject.  
ADJ n  
...a useful reference work for teachers.     
4       n-count   A reference is a word, phrase, or idea which comes from something such as a book, poem, or play and which you use when making a point about something.  
...a reference from the Quran.     
5       n-count   A reference is something such as a number or a name that tells you where you can obtain the information you want.  
Make a note of the reference number shown on the form.     
6       n-count   A reference is a letter that is written by someone who knows you and which describes your character and abilities. When you apply for a job, an employer might ask for references.  
The firm offered to give her a reference.     
7       n-count   A reference is a person who gives you a reference, for example when you are applying for a job.  
  (mainly AM)  
in BRIT, usually use referee     
8    If you keep information for future reference, you keep it because it might be useful in the future.  
for future reference      phrase   PHR after v  
Read these notes carefully and keep them for future reference.     
9    You use with reference to or in reference to in order to indicate what something relates to.  
with/in reference to      prep-phrase  
I am writing with reference to your article on salaries for scientists...     
    frame of reference  
    point of reference  
    terms of reference  

cross-reference        ( cross-references    plural & 3rd person present)   ( cross-referencing    present participle)   ( cross-referenced    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A cross-reference is a note in a book which tells you that there is relevant or more detailed information in another part of the book.  
2       verb   If something such as a book is cross-referenced, cross-references are put in it.  
usu passive  
Nearly 2,300 plant lists have been checked and cross-referenced.      be V-ed index of products and services which is cross-referenced to the supplying companies.      V-ed  
frame of reference        ( frames of reference    plural  ) A frame of reference is a particular set of beliefs or ideas on which you base your judgment of things.      n-count   usu with supp  
We know we're dealing with someone with a different frame of reference.     
point of reference        ( points of reference    plural  ) A point of reference is something which you use to help you understand a situation or communicate with someone.      n-count  
Do we still have any fixed point of reference in the teaching of English?     
reference library        ( reference libraries    plural  ) A reference library is a library that contains books which you can look at in the library itself but which you cannot borrow.      n-count  
terms of reference     
Terms of reference are the instructions given to someone when they are asked to consider or investigate a particular subject, telling them what they must deal with and what they can ignore.  
FORMAL      n-plural  
The government has announced the terms of reference for its proposed committee of inquiry.     
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military aviation term: loss of visual reference during take-off or landing due to the sand or dust
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
watch a great number of episodes from the same television series in a row
portmanteau word: binge (excessive consumption of something) + watching


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