From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Source \Source\, n. [OE. sours, OF. sourse, surse, sorse, F.
   source, fr. OF. sors, p. p. of OF. sordre, surdre, sourdre,
   to spring forth or up, F. sourdre, fr. L. surgere to lift or
   raise up, to spring up. See Surge, and cf. Souse to
   plunge or swoop as a bird upon its prey.]
   1. The act of rising; a rise; an ascent. [Obs.]
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            Therefore right as an hawk upon a sours
            Up springeth into the air, right so prayers . . .
            Maken their sours to Goddes ears two. --Chaucer.
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   2. The rising from the ground, or beginning, of a stream of
      water or the like; a spring; a fountain.
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            Where as the Poo out of a welle small
            Taketh his firste springing and his sours.
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            Kings that rule
            Behind the hidden sources of the Nile. --Addison.
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   3. That from which anything comes forth, regarded as its
      cause or origin; the person from whom anything originates;
      first cause.
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            This source of ideas every man has wholly in
            himself.                              --Locke.
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            The source of Newton's light, of Bacon's sense.
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   Syn: See Origin.
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