Part of speech: noun

The act of referring; that which refers; a person or thing referred to; allusion; testimonial.

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Usage examples "reference":

  1. I hope it had no reference to him!" - "The White Gauntlet", Mayne Reid.
  2. With reference to position in space. - "Composition-Rhetoric", Stratton D. Brooks.
  3. She had suddenly left the Ranee's service to become body- woman to Leonie; without a single reference to the time when she had been nurse to Leonie as a baby. - "Leonie of the Jungle", Joan Conquest.