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Ref"er*ence (rf"r-ens), n. Etym: [see refer.]

1. The act of referring, or the state of being referred; as, Reference to a chart for quidance.

2. That which refers to something; a specific direction of the Attention; as, a reference in a text-book.

3. Relation; regard; respect. Something that hath a reference to my state. Shak.

4. One who, or that which, is referred to. Specifically; (a) one of whom inquires can be made as to the integrity, capacity, And the like, of another. (b) a work, or a passage in a work, to which one is referred.

5. (law) (a) the act of submitting a matter in dispute to the judgment of one Or more persons for decision. (b) (equity)

Defn: the process of sending any matter, for inquiry in a cause, to a Master or other officer, in order that he may ascertain facts and Report to the court.

6. Appeal. [r.] "make your full reference." Shak. Reference bible, a Bible in which brief explanations, and references to parallel Passages, are printed in the margin of the text.

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