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 for source
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Source \Source\, n. [OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F.
     source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre,
     to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere to lift or
     raise up, to spring up. See Surge, and cf. Souse to
     plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey.]
     1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]
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              Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours
              Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . .
              Maken their sours to Goddes ears two. --Chaucer.
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     2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of
        water or the like; a spring; a fountain.
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              Where as the Poo out of a welle small
              Taketh his firste springing and his sours.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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              Kings that rule
              Behind the hidden sources of the Nile. --Addison.
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     3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its
        cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates;
        first cause.
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              This source of ideas every man has wholly in
              himself.                              --Locke.
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              The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense.
                                                    --Pope.
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     Syn: See Origin.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  source
      n 1: 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" [syn:
           beginning, origin, root, rootage, source]
      2: a document (or organization) from which information is
         obtained; "the reporter had two sources for the story"
      3: anything that provides inspiration for later work [syn:
         source, seed, germ]
      4: a facility where something is available
      5: a person who supplies information [syn: informant,
         source]
      6: someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he
         was the generator of several complaints" [syn: generator,
         source, author]
      7: (technology) a process by which energy or a substance enters
         a system; "a heat source"; "a source of carbon dioxide" [ant:
         sink]
      8: 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"
         [syn: reservoir, source]
      9: 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]
      v 1: get (a product) from another country or business; "She
           sourced a supply of carpet"; "They are sourcing from
           smaller companies"
      2: specify the origin of; "The writer carefully sourced her
         report"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  119 Moby Thesaurus words for "source":
     adviser, ambition, announcer, annunciator, antecedent, aspiration,
     author, authority, authorship, basis, begetter, beginning,
     birthplace, bonanza, calling, cause, channel, commencement,
     communicant, communicator, conception, consideration, cornucopia,
     creator, dawn, dawning, derivation, determinant, documentation,
     enlightener, expert witness, font, fount, fountain, fountainhead,
     genesis, goal, gold mine, gossipmonger, grapevine, grass roots,
     ground, guiding light, guiding star, head, headstream, headwater,
     headwaters, ideal, inception, informant, information center,
     information medium, informer, inspiration, intention, interviewee,
     lode, lodestar, mainspring, matter, mine, monitor, mother, motive,
     mouthpiece, newsmonger, notifier, onset, opening, origin, original,
     origination, originator, outset, parent, paternity, press,
     principle, provenance, provenience, public relations officer,
     publisher, quarry, radical, radio, radix, reason, reporter,
     resource, rise, rising, riverhead, root, roots, rootstock, sake,
     score, source of supply, spokesman, spring, staple, start,
     starting, stem, stock, taproot, television, teller, tipster, tout,
     ulterior motive, vein, vocation, well, wellhead, wellspring,
     whence, witness
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  source
   n.
  
      [very common] In reference to software, source is invariably shorthand for
      ?source code?, the preferred human-readable and human-modifiable form of
      the program. This is as opposed to object code, the derived binary
      executable form of a program. This shorthand readily takes derivative
      forms; one may speak of ?the sources of a system? or of ?having source?.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  source code
  source
  source language
  
      (Or "source", or rarely "source language")
     computer+program+({software">The form in which a computer program ({software) is written by
     the programmer.  Source code is written in some formal
     programming language which can be compiled automatically into
     object code or machine code or executed by an interpreter.
  
     Source code might be stored in a source code management system.
  
     If you have the source code for a program rather than just its
     compiled, executable form, then you can, with the right tools,
     modify it to fix bugs or add new features.  This is the basis
     of the open source philosophy - empowering people to improve the
     software they use for the benefit of themselves and others.
  
     The Jargon File would have us believe that an old-time hacker
     might refer to source code informally as "English", with the
     implication that to him his favourite programming language is at
     least as readable as English.
  
     (2014-06-27)
  

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