• When you are perfectly sober
    When you are perfectly sober
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n perfection the act of making something perfect
    • n perfection an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    • n perfection the state of being without a flaw or defect
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Additional illustrations & photos:

How perfectly sweet How perfectly sweet
I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia! I am perfectly aware of that, Euphemia!

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In some town in South Carolina, it is perfectly legal for a man to beat his wife. But only if its on the courthouse steps on Sunday.
    • Perfection A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal faultlessness; especially, the divine attribute of complete excellence. "What tongue can her perfections tell?"
    • Perfection The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity; as, perfection in an art, in a science, or in a system; perfection in form or degree; fruits in perfection.
    • v. t Perfection To perfect.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: SWIMS is the longest word with 180-degree rotational symmetry (if you were to view it upside-down it would still be the same word and perfectly readable).
    • n perfection Performance; accomplishment.
    • n perfection The state of being perfect, as in material, form, design, composition, construction, operation, action, qualification, etc.; that degree of excellence which leaves nothing to be desired, or in which nothing requisite is wanting; entire freedom from defect, blemish, weakness, or liability to err or fail; supreme excellence, whether moral or material; completeness or thoroughness: as, perfection in an art; fruits in perfection; the perfection of beauty: often used concretely: as, she is perfection.
    • n perfection A quality, trait, feature, endowment, or acquirement that is characterized by excellence or is of great worth or value; excellency.
    • n perfection The extreme; the highest degree; consummation: as, the perfection of cruelty.
    • n perfection In medieval music, triple rhythm or measure. See measure
    • n perfection With the highest degree of excellence or success: as, he acted the part to perfection.
    • n perfection Synonyms Perfectness, completion, consummation.
    • perfection To complete; make perfect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The earth is not perfectly round. Technically, it's a triaxial ellipsoid, which is to say that it's nearly spherical, but flattened at the top and bottom.
    • ns Perfection state of being perfect: a perfect quality or acquirement: the highest state or degree
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  • Robin G. Collingwood
    Robin G. Collingwood
    “Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.”
  • Patrick Henry
    “Perfect freedom is as necessary to the health and vigor of commerce as it is to the health and vigor of citizenship.”
  • John Wooden
    “You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
  • Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib
    Ali Ibn-Abi-Talib
    “To make one good action succeed another, is the perfection of goodness.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.”


In perfect form - When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.
Picture perfect - When something is exactly as it should be it is said to be picture perfect.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. perfection, L. perfectio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perfectus, pa.p. of perficĕreper, thoroughly, facĕre, to do.


In literature:

If not perfectly bright after straining, you may clarify it in this manner.
"Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches" by Eliza Leslie
Clear soups must be perfectly transparent, and thickened soups about the consistency of cream.
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
The perfect mistress expects perfect service, but it never occurs to her that perfect service will not be voluntarily and gladly given.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
If you don't keep going perfectly even it makes the tune jerky.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Your nurses know perfectly well that you are not to hunt anywhere except in your own nursery.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
Mostly I find them perfectly negligible, too utterly without savor even to glance at.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
The ideal means the perfect, and a supposed ideal in which wrong still subsisted would be the denial of perfection.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
On first reflection, the very idea of such an undertaking seemed perfectly appalling.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
Study to make it not only beautiful, but perfectly appointed.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
It was all perfectly logical and it was all perfectly false.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And, being great Rishis, they are all conversant with the Vedas, crowned with ascetic success, and of souls in perfect peace.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
The choicely perfect toy of Destiny at frolic!
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
Now, how long would the ten miles have taken him if there had been a perfect calm?
"Amusements in Mathematics" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
I know He is perfect in everything; and, therefore, perfect as my Saviour.
"The Great Commission" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
His perfect advocacy is founded upon His perfect sacrifice.
"Notes on the book of Exodus" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
If the blood of Jesus can perfectly purge, then the believer's conscience is perfectly purged.
"Notes on the Book of Leviticus" by C. H. Mackintosh
No plan can be drawn that would be perfect in all situations.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
The attempt succeeded perfectly.
"The Invention of Lithography" by Alois Senefelder
Its perfection as intelligible requires its perfection as intelligent.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
We are alone here together, perfectly alone, perfectly happy.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

In poetry:

So perfectly in her God blent
The mean that never cloys,
To hold my heart in balances
And keep admiring poise.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Not rudely, as a beast,
To runne into an action;
But still to make Thee prepossest,
And give it his perfection.
"The Elixir" by George Herbert
But in the dark unknown
Perfect their circles seem,
Even as a bridge's arch of stone
Is rounded in the stream.
"Charles Sumner. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The strings of music here are tun'd
For heavenly harmony,
And every spirit here perfum'd
With perfect sanctity.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
When I heard how earnestly
His pleading message ran,
I said, "Here God has set his seal
To mark a perfect man."
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
Of every pleasure quite bereft,
Sad but of tranquil mien;
A state of perfect littleness,
Yet with a face serene;
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi

In news:

Fall is the perfect time to prep your lawn for Spring.
It presented the perfect opportunity for a theatrical family.
There is beauty everywhere and the temperatures of Indian Summer are perfect for being outside to enjoy it.
Top trait for sophomore's perfect candidate is freedom from political party affiliation .
The Fourth of July is a perfect all-American holiday celebrating Land of the Free.
Pilot does 'perfect' job at JFK after nose-gear failure has passengers brace for crash landing.
If youloved her first novel, Sister, then you'll truly appreciatethe style of storytelling perfected here.
Perfect Snacks for the Anxious, the Stressed and the Tired.
World's most perfect alarm clock .
Liz Barbour of the Creative Feast makes a recipe perfect for the fall.
Red Velvet Cake would have been a perfect cake for Valentine's Day - but then again this is a perfect cake for any day.
Perfect Bungee Flex Web & Perfect Tie Down .
Perfect Ash has plenty of cigars, pipe tobacco, and high-end accessories for your pursuit of the perfect puff.
Ole Miss athletics recorded 10 single-year perfect 1000 scores and two teams had multi-year perfect 1000 scores in the latest Academic Progress Rate ( APR ) report released by the NCAA Wednesday.
Barbara Bennett Parsons — Perfect rice, perfectly simple.

In science:

The net force force for the latter is 0.95 times the perfectly conducting case. b: For a perfect conductor, the C2 integral is zero.
The Low-Frequency Character of the Thermal Correction to the Casimir Force between Metallic Films
Here, a group is said to be uniformly perfect if there is some perfect group G, H 2 n > 0 such that every element can be written as a product of at most n commutators.
Dynamical forcing of circular groups
To bring some order to this collection, in this article we develop several new transformation theorems that map perfect fluid spheres into perfect fluid spheres.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
These transformation theorems sometimes lead to unexpected connections between previously known perfect fluid spheres, sometimes lead to new previously unknown perfect fluid spheres, and in general can be used to develop a systematic way of classifying the set of all perfect fluid spheres.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
General relativistic perfect fluid spheres, or more precisely general relativistic static perfect fluid spheres, are interesting because they are first approximations to any attempt at building a realistic model for a general relativistic star [1, 2, 3, 4].
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
The last two solution generating theorems we shall present are slightly different from those developed so far: Consider a perfect fluid sphere solution {ζ0 , B0} and extend it to a new perfect fluid sphere {ζ0Z0 , B0 + ∆}.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
We will now see the power of these transformation theorems (solution generating theorems) by using them in a number of different ways: to generate several new perfect fluid spheres, to relate various perfect previously known fluid spheres to each other, and to classify the geometries we encounter.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Using Schwarzschild coordinates we have developed several transformation theorems that map perfect fluid spheres into perfect fluid spheres, and have used these transformations as a basis for classifying different types of perfect fluid sphere solutions.
Generating perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
Unlike the discrete case (perfect and approximate encryption) the condition of perfect and acceptable closeness of an encrypted state to the maximally mixed state is not in this case sufficient.
Continuous variable private quantum channel
Furthermore, in the augmented model it is not difficult to show that for any strategy T there exists a strategy T ′ performing exactly the same tests, but with the perfect tests performed at the end only, so that the optimization problem is in fact unchanged by allowing the perfect tests to be performed at any time.
Hierarchical testing designs for pattern recognition
We show that for a ’perfect’ cat-state, a single scattered photon will bring about a collapse of the superposition, while a less-than-perfect cat-like state can survive multiple scatterings before collapse occurs.
Creation, detection and decoherence of Schrodinger cat states in Bose-Einstein condensates
The best possible recovery for a near to zero autocorrelation does not necessarily mean a perfect recovery. A perfect recovery is also dependent on the period of the sequence.
Watermarking Using Decimal Sequences
If we think about the inflaton coupling to a perfect fluid as an effective way to describe its couplings to other degrees of freedom present in the Lagrangian, it is conceivable to consider the perfect fluid contribution also during inflation.
Evolution of Large Scale Curvature Fluctuations During the Perturbative Decay of the Inflaton
In the above equation, the first term is the resistance of a perfect ballistic nanotube with perfect contacts.
Aharonov-Bohm differential conductance modulation in defective metallic single-wall carbon nanotubes
We do not use the term "vacuum" because the perfect vacuum does not exist in astrophysics. A perfect vacuum implies a region of space where none material particle could be found.
Bigravity : A bimetric model of the Universe. Positive and negative gravitational lensings