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A moment later Percival remembered his last words, also his reference to Blythe.

There is a reference to “pen and ink” in the 3d Epistle of John xiii.

Neither made any reference to the little scene of the night before.

Let me illustrate this broad statement with reference to the subject of fears alone.

I was rather at a loss for names of reference to these parts.

To her reference to Browning then, Vavasor did not venture a reply.

Sciotomeans "long legs," in reference to the river's many branches.

The letter, however, makes no reference to political or other business.

The enclosure now existing has no reference to the outlines of the intrenchment.

"I thought you were making a reference to politics," she said.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "act of referring," from refer + -ance, or else from French référence, from Medieval Latin *referentia, from Latin referentem (nominative referens), present participle of referre (see refer). Meaning "direction to a book or passage" is recorded from 1610s. Meaning "testimonial" is from 1895. Reference book dates from 1808. Phrase in reference to is attested from 1590s.

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