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DefinedMeaning talk:source (507893)

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This definition is so wide that examples would be welcome. I guess there are many languages where such a wide meaning word doesn't exist. Even in English or in French, one would usually not refer to queen Elisabeth II as prince Charles' "source", to Shakespeare as the "source" of "Hamlet", to France as the "source" of Napoleon's invasions etc.. I didn't think much about it, but I'm under the impression that "source" is mostly used for physical phenomena ("heating source") or abstract ideas ("the source of a difficulty"). If so, the definition should be restricted, and possibly split. --Fiable.biz 05:10, 13 October 2012 (CEST)

Agree, the definition should be reworded. Also, as a matter of principle, I think we should avoid the word "or" in definitions (except perhaps for parenthetical examples). If an expression can mean "A or B", then it should have one definition for A and one definition for B. --InfoCan 21:21, 13 October 2012 (CEST)
Also, I don't find the the figure (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Heating-Radiator.svg) to be very helpful to understand the meaning of the word "source". I suppose it represents a radiator (it took me a few seconds to recognize it), but I was confused about its connection to the concept of "source". I think as a matter of policy we should use figures to illustrate definitions only if they relate to concrete objects or acts, not abstract concepts. We do not need to decorate every page with a figure unless it helps a user understand the meaning of a DM. --InfoCan 21:35, 13 October 2012 (CEST)