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Resource definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

1. Any source of aid or support; an expedient to which a person may resort for assistance, safety or supply; means yet untried; resort. An enterprising man finds resources in his own mind.
Pallas view'd his foes pursuing and his friends pursu'd, used threat'nings mix'd with prayers, his last resource.
2. Resources, in the plural, pecuniary means; funds; money or any property that can be converted into supplies; means of raising money or supplies. Our national resources for carrying on war are abundant. Commerce and manufactures furnish ample resources.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: available source of wealth; a new or reserve supply that can be drawn upon when needed
2: a source of aid or support that may be drawn upon when needed; "the local library is a valuable resource"
3: the ability to deal resourcefully with unusual problems; "a man of resource" [syn: resource, resourcefulness, imagination]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French ressource, from Old French ressourse relief, resource, from resourdre to relieve, literally, to rise again, from Latin resurgere more at resurrection Date: circa 1611 1. a. a source of supply or support ; an available means usually used in plural b. a natural source of wealth or revenue often used in plural c. a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life d. computable wealth usually used in plural e. a source of information or expertise 2. something to which one has recourse in difficulty ; expedient 3. a possibility of relief or recovery 4. a means of spending one's leisure time 5. an ability to meet and handle a situation ; resourcefulness Synonyms: resource, resort, expedient, shift, makeshift, stopgap mean something one turns to in the absence of the usual means or source of supply. resource and resort apply to anything one falls back upon <exhausted all of their resources> <a last resort>. expedient may apply to any device or contrivance used when the usual one is not at hand or not possible <a flimsy expedient>. shift implies a tentative or temporary imperfect expedient <desperate shifts to stave off foreclosure>. makeshift implies an inferior expedient adopted because of urgent need or allowed through indifference <old equipment employed as a makeshift>. stopgap applies to something used temporarily as an emergency measure <a new law intended only as a stopgap>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an expedient or device (escape was their only resource). 2 (usu. in pl.) a the means available to achieve an end, fulfil a function, etc. b a stock or supply that can be drawn on. c US available assets. 3 (in pl.) a country's collective wealth or means of defence. 4 a leisure occupation (reading is a great resource). 5 a skill in devising expedients (a person of great resource). b practical ingenuity; quick wit (full of resource). 6 archaic the possibility of aid (lost without resource). Phrases and idioms: one's own resources one's own abilities, ingenuity, etc. Derivatives: resourceful adj. resourcefully adv. resourcefulness n. resourceless adj. resourcelessness n. Etymology: F ressource, ressourse, fem. past part. of OF dial. resourdre (as RE-, L surgere rise)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Resource Re*source" (r?*s?rs"), n. [F. ressource, fr. OF. ressourdre, resourdre, to spring forth or up again; pref. re- re- + sourdre to spring forth. See Source.] 1. That to which one resorts orr on which one depends for supply or support; means of overcoming a difficulty; resort; expedient. Threat'nings mixed with prayers, his last resource. --Dryden. 2. pl. Pecuniary means; funds; money, or any property that can be converted into supplies; available means or capabilities of any kind. Scotland by no means escaped the fate ordained for every country which is connected, but not incorporated, with another country of greater resources. --Macaulay. Syn: Expedient; resort; means; contrivance.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(resources) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. The resources of an organization or person are the materials, money, and other things that they have and can use in order to function properly. Some families don't have the resources to feed themselves properly... N-COUNT: usu pl 2. A country's resources are the things that it has and can use to increase its wealth, such as coal, oil, or land. ...resources like coal, tungsten, oil and copper... N-COUNT: usu pl

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Resort, dependence. 2. Means, expedient, device, contrivance, resort, appliance, instrumentality.

Moby Thesaurus

ability, action, ad hoc measure, address, adeptness, adroitness, airmanship, answer, aptitude, artfulness, artifice, artisanship, artistry, assets, available means, backlog, balance, bonanza, bravura, brilliance, cache, capability, capacity, capital, capital goods, capitalization, cash, cleverness, command, competence, contraption, contrivance, control, coordination, cornucopia, countermove, coup, course of action, craft, craftsmanship, creation, cunning, deftness, demarche, dernier ressort, device, dexterity, dexterousness, dextrousness, diplomacy, dodge, efficiency, effort, expediency, expedient, expertise, facility, fashion, finesse, font, forte, fortune, fount, fountain, fund, funds, gimmick, gold mine, grace, grip, grist, gumption, guts, handiness, holdings, hope, horsemanship, imagination, imaginativeness, improvisation, ingeniousness, ingenuity, initiative, invention, inventiveness, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, know-how, last expedient, last resort, last shift, liquid assets, lode, makeshift, maneuver, manner, marksmanship, mastership, mastery, mean, means, measure, method, mine, mode, money, move, nest egg, opportunity, pis aller, possessions, possibility, practical ability, proficiency, property, prowess, quality, quarry, quick-wittedness, quickness, readiness, recourse, refuge, relief, reserve, reserve fund, reserve supply, reserves, reservoir, resort, resourcefulness, resources, riches, savings, savoir-faire, savvy, seamanship, shake-up, shift, sinking fund, skill, skillfulness, solution, something in reserve, source, source of supply, spring, staple, step, stockpile, stopgap, stratagem, strength, string, stroke, stroke of policy, style, substance, substitute, subterfuge, supply, surrogate, system, tact, tactfulness, tactic, talent, technical brilliance, technical mastery, technical skill, technique, temporary expedient, timing, trick, trump, unexpended balance, vein, virtuosity, way, wealth, well, wellspring, wit, wizardry, working hypothesis, working proposition, workmanship, worth

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