• WordNet 3.6
    • n definition clarity of outline "exercise had given his muscles superior definition"
    • n definition a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For five years, Webster's dictionary contained a definition of the word dord, a word that has never actually existed.
    • Definition Act of ascertaining and explaining the signification; a description of a thing by its properties; an explanation of the meaning of a word or term; as, the definition of “circle;” the definition of “wit;” an exact definition; a loose definition. "Definition being nothing but making another understand by words what the term defined stands for."
    • Definition (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which make up the logical essence.
    • Definition Description; sort. "A new creature of another definition ."
    • Definition (Opt) Distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by an optical instrument; precision in detail.
    • Definition The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a telescope accurate in definition .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.
    • n definition The determination of the limits or outlines of a thing; a marking out; the state of being clearly marked out or outlined; specifically, in optics, the defining power of a lens—that is, its ability to give a clear, distinct image of an object in all its important details. This depends upon the freedom of the lens from spherical and chromatic aberration.
    • n definition The act of stating the signification of a word or phrase, or the essential properties of a thing.
    • n definition A statement of the signification of a word or phrase, or of what is essential to the conception of any given thing; an explanation of how any given kind is distinguished from all other kinds. Three conceptions of the nature of definition have prevailed at different times: Aristotle taught that every strict definition consists of two parts, different in kind, one declaring the genus or higher class to which the species defined belongs, the other declaring the specific difference by which the given species differs from others of the same genus. This view influences most of the definitions of systematic botany and zoology.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
    • Definition a defining: a description of a thing by its properties: an explanation of the exact meaning of a word, term, or phrase
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  • Julie Burchill
    “A good part -- and definitely the most fun part -- of being a feminist is about frightening men.”
  • Cardinal J. Newman
    Cardinal J. Newman
    “It is almost the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.”
  • John Mcdonald
    John Mcdonald
    “A set definite objective must be established if we are to accomplish anything in a big way.”
  • Albert Camus
    “By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. definitio,: cf. F. définition,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. definīre, -ītum, to set bounds to—de, finis, a limit.


In literature:

Yet to designate with any definiteness a French or Latin text was no easy matter.
"Early Theories of Translation" by Flora Ross Amos
Its fate had been definitely foretold by the Savior Himself.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
What is the definite article?
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
After definitions have been made and printed, they are sometimes found inadequate and must be supplemented by the definitions of other classes.
"The Classification of Patents" by United States Patent Office
Indeed what natural Life is remains unknown, and the word Life still wanders through Science without a definition.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
It was a definite concession.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
More exact definition of the mores.+ We may now formulate a more complete definition of the mores.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
It may be expanded by a process of definition.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
The luminiferous aether has definite mechanical properties.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The teacher should endeavour to plan lessons which will be definitely related to the home lives of the pupils.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education

In poetry:

But though Philosophy has tried
A score of definitions,
’Twixt man and dog it can’t decide
The relative positions.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
LESBIA. Before we reach the place,
Whither you wish to lead us, for a space
Let us say why we came
To see you here to-day: a definite aim
All of us here has brought.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
niched shards of solitude
embedded in these brownstone
walkups such that the Hudson
at the foot of Twelfth Street
might be a thing that's done with mirrors: definition
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt
Could not that wisdome, which first broacht the wine,
Have thicken'd it with definitions?
And jagg'd his seamlesse coat, had that been fine,
With curious questions and divisions?
"Divinitie" by George Herbert
Cried he: 'That quinine that you bought,
(Since all may errors make),
I find was definitely not,—
I sold you strychnine by mistake.
Two shillings is its price, and so
Another bob you owe.'
"Distracted Druggist" by Robert W Service
One should not break one's self too fast
Of little habits of this sort,
Which may be definitely classed
With gambling or a taste for port;
they should be slowlydropped, until
The Heart is subject to the Will.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

For Selanne (it's definite) and buddy and captain Saku Koivu (likely), Saturday's game will be their last hurrah wearing Suomi colors in the Olympics.
I guess, if you like tiny brunettes with a bad case of sass-mouth, then I'm definitely your dream woman.
He wasn't known coming out of high school as a defensive stopper, but he's definitely improved.
And the Miami Heat are definitely not 'winning'.
"I love it for sure, definitely," Burrows , rated No.
"If you think you didn't miss anything at the crime scene," Forensic Pathologist Dr John Hain says, "you're definitely missing something.
Playing with the Graysons is definitely playing with fire, and Amanda learns that the hard way.
"It's definitely the kind of dish that tastes even better the next day," she says.
Something has definitely changed around here.
I love food that you can eat with your hands and this salad is definitely fit for that.
This last time was definitely the last.
Alternatives to the high-definition standard are taking shape and their proponents are positioning them as a more network-friendly solution.
Its no secret that our industry is less than fond of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI).
How have the drafters changed the definition of good faith.
Ariel could definitely use some help.

In science:

Though the chaos has been intensively studied, a rigorous and non-ambiguous definition is still missing.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
Some authors choose this property as definitive for the chaos.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
Let us now apply the rigorous definition of a derivative.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
So, obviously the definition of the chemical potential needs serious revision. In the following chapter I propose new definition associated with the properties of the state space.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
In &3.7 I shall advance a new definition of the chemical potential that involves functional relations among entities and relates the number of associated entities with the stability of the system.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos