• When you are perfectly sober
    When you are perfectly sober
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj perfect precisely accurate or exact "perfect timing"
    • adj perfect without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers "an arrant fool","a complete coward","a consummate fool","a double-dyed villain","gross negligence","a perfect idiot","pure folly","what a sodding mess","stark staring mad","a thoroughgoing villain","utter nonsense","the unadulterated truth"
    • adj perfect being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish "a perfect circle","a perfect reproduction","perfect happiness","perfect manners","a perfect specimen","a perfect day"
    • v perfect make perfect or complete "perfect your French in Paris!"
    • n perfect a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
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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.
    • Perfect Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct. "My strength is made perfect in weakness.""Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun.""I fear I am not in my perfect mind.""O most entire perfect sacrifice!""God made thee perfect , not immutable."
    • Perfect (Bot) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower.
    • n Perfect The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
    • v. t Perfect To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind. "God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us.""Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species."
    • Perfect Well informed; certain; sure. "I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms."
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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).
    • perfect Brought to a consummation; fully finished; carried through to completion in every detail; finished in every part; completed.
    • perfect Full; whole; entire; complete; existing in the widest extent or highest degree.
    • perfect In botany, having both stamens and pistils; hermaphrodite: said of a flower, also of a whole plant, as opposed to monæcious, diæcious, etc.
    • perfect Without blemish or defect; lacking in nothing; of the best, highest, or most complete type; exact or unquestionable in every particular: as, a perfect likeness; one perfect but many imperfect specimens; a perfect face; specifically, complete in moral excellence; entirely good.
    • perfect Sound; of sound mind; sane.
    • perfect Completely skilled; thoroughly trained or efficient: as, perfect in discipline. Compare letter-perfect.
    • perfect Completely effective; satisfactory in every respect.
    • perfect Quite certain; assured.
    • perfect Entire; out and out; utter; very great: as, a perfect horror of serpents; a perfect shower of brickbats met them; a perfect stranger.
    • perfect In music: Of an interval, melodic or harmonic, belonging to the first and simplest group of consonances, that in which inversion does not change the character of the interval: as, a perfect unison, octave, fifth, or fourth: opposed to imperfect, diminished, augmented. These intervals are now often also called major.
    • perfect Of a chord, cadence, or period, complete; fully satisfactory. Thus, a perfect chord or triad is a triad, major or minor, in its original position; a perfect cadence is a simple authentic or plagal cadence; and a perfect period is one that is fully balanced or filled out.
    • perfect In medieval music, of rhythm, time, or measure, triple. See measure
    • perfect Synonyms Faultless, blameless, unblemished, holy.
    • n perfect In grammar, the perfect tense. See above.
    • perfect To finish or complete so as to leave nothing wanting; bring to completion or perfection: as, to perfect a picture or a statue.
    • perfect To make perfect; instruct fully; make fully informed or skilled: as, to perfect one's self in the principles of architecture; to perfect soldiers in discipline.
    • perfect Synonyms To accomplish, consummate.
    • perfect In the Echinodermata, having the entire series of ambulacral plates perforated from pole to pole, that is, from base to summit of corona.
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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.
    • adj Perfect pėr′fekt done thoroughly or completely: completed: without blemish, fault, or error: having neither too much nor too little: entire, very great: in the highest degree: possessing every moral excellence: completely skilled or acquainted: :
    • v.t Perfect (or per-fekt′) to make perfect: to finish: to teach fully, to make fully skilled in anything
    • adj Perfect pėr′fekt (gram.) expressing an act completed
    • adj Perfect pėr′fekt (bot.) having both stamens and pistils, hermaphrodite
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  • James Mcneill Whistler
    James Mcneill Whistler
    “You should not say it is not good. You should say you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.”
  • Michelangelo
    “Trifles make perfection, but perfection is no trifle.”
  • Aristotle
    “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”
  • Marquise De SeVigne
    Marquise De SeVigne
    “Why do we discover faults so much more readily than perfection.”
  • Salvador Dali
    “Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “No one becomes perfect, but some become great.”


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
OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere, to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per,see Per-) + facere, to make, do. See Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. perfectus, pa.p. of perficĕreper, thoroughly, facĕre, to do.


In literature:

Yes, I think, perfectly.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
The Lord Jesus could say nothing less than, 'Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Try to perfect yourselves as solo dancers.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
His four auditors understood him perfectly, however.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
To arrest this ruinous decline in the commercial prosperity of the islands, emancipation was adopted in 1833 and perfected in 1838.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Because now I've got to tell you all about the disappearance of those perfectly horrid young specimens of physical perfection.
"The Gay Rebellion" by Robert W. Chambers
Then everything you tell or advise me to do, I know it is right, perfectly.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
The treat to which Phillis alluded had been simply perfect in the three girls' eyes.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
And let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
He sat perfectly still.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Yet even if be heard above
Such selfish hope, presumptuous claim,
Better one hour of perfect love
Than an eternity of Fame!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Awake, my zeal; awake, my love,
To serve my Savior here below,
In works which perfect saints above
And holy angels cannot do.
"Hymn 46 part 2" by Isaac Watts
So perfectly from cloud to shine
Her temperate nature ran,
That sunshine might not know where shade,
Nor shade where sun began.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
Had but those boundless fields of blue
One darkened sphere like this;
But what has heaven for thee to do
In realms of perfect bliss?
"A Memorial tribute" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
When all perfections as but one appeare,
That those thy form doth show,
The very dust where thou dost tread and go
Makes beauties here;
"Dulnesse" by George Herbert
Envy’s serpent doth unfold them -
Slander’s darts are at them hurl’d
By the blind who seek perfection,
In this wicked, wicked world!
"Have Charity" by Joseph Warren Watson

In news:

We can all agree the Vietnamese perfected French baguettes .
What's Your Perfect Baked Potato .
It's a perfect fall recipe with the apples coming ripe.
One of the joys of living in New York is the possibility of watching a perfectly ordinary repertory program at the New York City Ballet that just happens to include a masterpiece or two.
The rectangular bag, which has many zippers, pockets, tassels, and buckles, was perfect for boho chic celebs like Nicole Richie and Nicky Hilton.
Perfectly Light Fragrances for Spring.
Ballas ' 'DWTS' blog: Perfecting our paso.
This pitch-perfect soho brasserie keeps getting better (and the lines longer).
The wine cellar is perfectly organized, and the list includes picks from just about every wine region in France.
Everything is perfect — until you find the hidden cameras in the girls' bathroom.
The Black Bar Mitzva h is a perfect title for a Rick Ross mixtape: his vision of playalistic splendor has always been the stuff of thirteen year-old boy fantasy.
Dow's red wine, Vale do Bomfim is perfect for summer barbecued meats.
Kicker is perfect in nine field goal tries this season.
This favorite from the Basque region is perfect for new Florida cooking.
ATLANTA — When you play a perfect team, you need to play a perfect game.

In science:

Table 1: The complete list of kinematic self-similar solutions with a perfect fluid in the spherically symmetric spacetime for a perfect fluid with EOS1, EOS2 and EOS3.
Kinematic self-similar solutions in general relativity
Let S ⊂ κ be a stationary set. A perfect tree p ∈ P is S -perfect if whenever s is a limit of splitting nodes of p such that o(s) ∈ S , then s splits in p.
Simple Complete Boolean Algebras
S -perfect trees, then Tα<γ pα is a perfect tree. (b) If hpα : α < κi is a fusion sequence of S -perfect trees, then Tα<κ pα is a perfect tree.
Simple Complete Boolean Algebras
This is trivial, but note that the limit condition p (in both (a) and (b)) is not only perfect but S -perfect as well.
Simple Complete Boolean Algebras
Then I is prime (respectively radical, perfect) if and only if I S∆ is prime (respectively radical, perfect).
Random Variables with Completely Independent Subcollections