• WordNet 3.6
    • v define decide upon or fix definitely "fix the variables","specify the parameters"
    • v define give a definition for the meaning of a word "Define `sadness'"
    • v define determine the essential quality of
    • v define determine the nature of "What defines a good wine?"
    • v define show the form or outline of "The tree was clearly defined by the light","The camera could define the smallest object"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Define To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.
    • Define To determine the precise signification of; to fix the meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a scientific term. "They define virtue to be life ordered according to nature."
    • Define To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument. "Rings . . . very distinct and well defined ."
    • v. i Define To determine; to decide.
    • Define To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. "To define controversies."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • define To determine, declare, or mark the limit of; circumscribe; determine or indicate the bounds or outlines of with precision; mark or set out clearly: as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.
    • define To fix, establish, or prescribe authoritatively: as, to define the duties of an officer.
    • define To state the signification of; explain what is expressed by (a word, a phrase, etc.); state the nature or essential properties of: as, to define virtue; define your meaning more clearly.
    • define To determine; settle; decide.
    • define To determine; decide; give judgment.
    • define To state a definition.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Define de-fīn′ to fix the bounds or limits of: to determine with precision: to describe accurately: to fix the meaning of
    • n Define (gram.) an adjective used to limit the signification of a noun
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  • Alexandre Dumas
    Alexandre Dumas
    “Business, that's easily defined; it's other people's money.”
  • William T. Sherman
    William T. Sherman
    “I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it.”
  • Walter Lippmann
    “What we call a democratic society might be defined for certain purposes as one in which the majority is always prepared to put down a revolutionary minority.”
  • Max Depree
    Max Depree
    “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”
  • Isaac Disraeli
    Isaac Disraeli
    “Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.”
  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “This is how I define talent; it is a gift that God has given us in secret, which we reveal without knowing it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. définir, to define, L. definire, to limit, define; de-, + finire, to limit, end, finis, boundary, limit, end. See Final Finish


In literature:

Consciousness, or the knowledge of sensations and mental operations, has been variously defined.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Instead it defined production as a physical process.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
The white man's attitude North and South towards the Negro is now well defined.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
A 'boundary moment' of a duration can be defined in this way.
"The Concept of Nature" by Alfred North Whitehead
The singer is forced to define; the actor also is forced to define.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Once we have crossed the old and clearly defined frontiers, almost anything seems possible.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
Define the conditions which constitute good form.
"Lessons in Music Form" by Percy Goetschius
To most people a tone is intangible and difficult to define.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
In general a diatonic scale may be defined as one which proceeds by half-steps and whole-steps.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
The problem is first to be defined.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Law, as Johnson defines it, is a rule of action.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
If the lines of the hand are not well defined, this fact indicates poor health.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
Let us do it by restricting and defining its limits in existing territory.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
Langham started as the slender figure suddenly defined itself against the road.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Poetry is well characterized, though not defined, as an interpretation of life.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
Fading, however, cannot define these changes.
"A Color Notation" by Albert H. Munsell
Now, states thus defined cannot be regarded as distinct elements.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Her system of doctrine, on the one hand, had to be defined and perpetually maintained.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Yet, God cannot be defined.
"From Bondage to Liberty in Religion" by George T. Ashley
Climatology may almost be defined as geographical meteorology.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

Hard by where the skipper's schooner lay,
A fisherman's cottage looked away
Over isle and bay, and. behind
On mountains dim-defined.
"The Bay Of Seven Islands" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As some spent gladiator, struck by Death,
Whose reeling vision scarce a foe defines,
For one last effort gathers all his breath,
England draws in her lines.
"Arms And The Man - The Beginning Of The End" by James Barron Hope
The years' incertitude and
The dirty white fates trickling
Blackly down the necessary years
Define no attitude to the present winter,
No mood to the cold matter.
"A Pauper" by Allen Tate
A nameless grace is round him--
A something, too refined
To be described, yet must be felt
By all of human kind--
An emanation of the soul,
That can not be defined.
"Lines On A Poet." by George Pope Morris
When the fiery orb was all defined,
There I stood, as though in darkness, blind,
Beat my breast, my quicken'd members threw
On the earth, brow-foremost, at the view.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pleasantly and well-suited I walk,
Whither I walk I cannot define, but I know it is good,
The whole universe indicates that it is good,
The past and the present indicate that it is good.
"To Think Of Time" by Walt Whitman

In news:

However, ASME standards for these masters are very specific in defining their characteristics, including material, physical sizes and geometric conditions.
The two defining symptoms of OCD are obsessive thoughts and compulsive rituals.
As she surveys her blissfully barren home, she wonders what's lost when the obsessions of her hoarder mother continue to define her own.
We define a generalized strategy eliminability criterion for bimatrix games that considers whether a given strategy is eliminable relative to given dominator & eliminee subsets of the players' strategies.
Go, Go Power Rangers: The television show that defined my childhood.
Eighteen were born weeks or months before term, defined as 37 or more weeks after the mother's last menstrual period.
Brewmaster Vinnie Cilurzo's wood-aged beers really define what American Belgian-style ales can be.
One of the most defining moments in history also had one of the most unlikely of participants KPCW Friday Film Reviewer Linda Jager takes a look back – 146 years ago to the week – at Robert Redford's new film The Conspirator .
Herever the Palestinians dwell, they are outsiders, defined not by their qualities or by their own perception of self, but by their otherness.
Cookie cutter plans defined.
Guggenheim Defined-Maturity ETFs Resonate With Retail Investors.
Before you are able to speak to the accounting relationship between the Front and Back Office systems, it is important to understand what defines the Front and Back offices within a hotel operation.
Debunking mistaken notions about terroir - how landforms, soils, climate and other local conditions define the character of wine - was one goal of the scientists during the meeting.
The work of visual artist Namsa Leuba is not easily definable.
FDCC's Defining Motto: Defense Lawyers .

In science:

Also, I will further define the areas of the science that concern themselves with computer modeling and simulation, and I will attempt to make it clear why the science only came into its own when the proper modeling and simulation tools were finally available.
Complex Systems
Because this level of complexity is quite difficult to describe, Bar-Yam maintains that it is essential to define a complexity profile that is a function of the scale of observation (frame).
Complex Systems
It has been used to study Complex Systems, because these systems can be generally defined as a “deterministic system that is difficult to predict”.
Complex Systems
Turing real number, defined as above, is also a Dedekind real number.
Three beliefs that lend illusory legitimacy to Cantor's diagonal argument
All the technical terms are defined explicitly in Anand [An02].
Can Turing machines capture everything we can compute?
The algorithm to find electron and photon candidates uses a 3x3 calorimeter trigger tower sliding window cen tered on a l l ECAL /HCAL tr igger towers ou t to |η |=2 .5 . Two types of e lec tromagne t ic ob jec ts are defined, a non-isolated and an isolated electron/photon.
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
The jet or τ-tagged jet is defined by a 3x3 region ET sum.
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
In the case of τ-tagged jets (only |η |<2.5), none of the nine regions are allowed to have more than 2 active ECAL or HCAL towers (i.e. above a programmable threshold). Jets in the HF are defined as forward jets.
Level-1 Regional Calorimeter Trigger System for CMS
One should see negative MR (defined as MR = [ρ(H)-ρ(0)]/ρ(0)) as a function of H with a pronounced variation at low fields in the magnetically ordered state, in the event that there is a pseudo-gap.
Magnetic and transport anomalies in the compounds, RCuAs2 (R= Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er)
The tree defines a m-ary max heap over the elements with respect to priority va lues and a m-ary search tree with respect to the key values.
The Random Buffer Tree : A Randomized Technique for I/O-efficient Algorithms
Rovelli’s observables are functions defined on spatial hypersurfaces.
World-line observables and clocks in General Relativity
The short time frame corresponds to monitoring the instantaneous intensity, while the long time frame corresponds to monitoring the intensity with a slow (relative to tc) camera. Both times are defined by the source (via tc), and are not related to the nonlinear response time. 17. A.W.
Random-phase spatial solitons in instantaneous nonlocal nonlinear media
To do so, we, for the same “best” output and bounded output space, will choose an input point located inside of already defined bounded input subspace.
Bounded Input Bounded Predefined Control Bounded Output
That is, the state of the hot system is more well-defined because it has less energy and hence fewer accessible states, so information has been gained about the state of that system.
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping
In maximum entropy the central quantity is the information entropy S’ defined in terms of the average information S’ = , where the average is taken over an inferred probability ensemble.
The Deep Physics Behind the Second Law: Information and Energy As Independent Forms of Bookkeeping