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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