Vestige vs Source - What's the difference?

vestige | source |

As nouns the difference between vestige and source

is that vestige is the mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign while source is the person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc) comes or is acquired.

As a verb source is

(chiefly|us) to obtain or procure:.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(Webster 1913)


(en noun)
  • The mark of the foot left on the earth; a track or footstep; a trace; a sign.
  • A faint mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present; remains.
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *
  • *{{quote-book, year=1944, author=(w)
  • , title= The Three Corpse Trick, chapter=5 , passage=The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.}}
  • (label) A vestigial organ; a non-functional organ or body part that was once functional in an evolutionary ancestor.
  • * 1904 Transactions of theannual session , Volume 40, Homeopathic Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, p160
  • Any person seeing such a condition could not help being frightened at the conditions found, and it seems to me that that fact should lead us to think that the appendix is a vestige or becoming so.
  • * 1932 (John Arthur Thomson), Riddles of science, Ayer Publishing, p824
  • Now this paired organ of Jacobsen began in reptiles and is well developed in many mammals. But in man it is a vestige , often disappearing altogether; and the two openings are closed.
  • * 2007 R. Randal Bollingera, Andrew S. Barbasa, Errol L. Busha, Shu S. Lina, & William Parkera, "Biofilms in the large bowel suggest an apparent function of the human vermiform appendix," Journal of Theoretical Biology
  • This idea was confirmed by Scott, who performed a detailed comparative analysis of primate anatomy and demonstrated conclusively that the appendix is derived for some unidentified function and is not a vestige .

    Derived terms

    * vestigial

    See also

    * hint * trace



    (wikipedia source)


    (en noun)
  • The person, place or thing from which something (information, goods, etc.) comes or is acquired.
  • * {{quote-book, year=2006, author=(Edwin Black)
  • , title=Internal Combustion, chapter=2 citation , passage=More than a mere source of Promethean sustenance to thwart the cold and cook one's meat, wood was quite simply mankind's first industrial and manufacturing fuel.}}
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}
  • Spring; fountainhead; wellhead; any collection of water on or under the surface of the ground in which a stream originates.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-16, author= John Vidal
  • , volume=189, issue=10, page=8, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Dams endanger ecology of Himalayas , passage=Most of the Himalayan rivers have been relatively untouched by dams near their sources . Now the two great Asian powers, India and China, are rushing to harness them as they cut through some of the world's deepest valleys.}}
  • A reporter's informant.
  • (computing) Source code.
  • (electronics) The name of one terminal of a field effect transistor (FET).
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * sourceless * source code * primary source * secondary source * tertiary source

    See also

    * target


  • (chiefly, US) To obtain or procure:
  • To find information about (a quotation)'s source (from which it comes): to find a citation for.
  • Derived terms

    * (mainly US) sourcing * (mainly US) insourcing * (mainly US) outsourcing


    * ----