• WordNet 3.6
    • adj pure in a state of sexual virginity "pure and vestal modesty","a spinster or virgin lady","men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"
    • adj pure (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
    • adj pure concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied "pure science"
    • adj pure free from discordant qualities
    • adj pure 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 pure (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless "I felt pure and sweet as a new baby"- Sylvia Plath","pure as the driven snow"
    • adj pure free of extraneous elements of any kind "pure air and water","pure gold","pure primary colors","the violin's pure and lovely song","pure tones","pure oxygen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: One gallon of pure maple syrup weighs 11 pounds
    • Pure Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons. "Keep thyself pure .""Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience."
    • Pure Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and actions. "Pure religion and impartial laws.""The pure , fine talk of Rome.""Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records."
    • Pure (Phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
    • Pure (Script) Ritually clean; fitted for holy services. "Thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord."
    • Pure Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion. "The pure fetters on his shins great.""A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The first commercial chewing gum was sold in 1848 by John B. Curtis, who also made the gum. He called the gum "State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum."
    • pure Free from extraneous matter; separate from matter of another kind; free from mixture; unmixed; clear; especially, free from matter that impairs or pollutes: Said of physical substances.
    • pure Bare; mere; sheer; absolute; very: as, it was done out of pure spite; a pure villain.
    • pure Sole; only.
    • pure Whole; thorough; complete.
    • pure Fine; nice.
    • pure Figuratively, free from mixture with things of another kind; homogeneous.
    • pure Free from mixture with that which contaminates, stains, defiles, or blemishes. Free from moral defilement or guilt; innocent; guileless; spotless; chaste: applied to persons.
    • pure Ritually or ceremonially clean; unpolluted.
    • pure Free from that which vitiates, pollutes, or degrades; unadulterated; genuine; stainless; sincere: said of thoughts, actions, motives, etc.
    • pure In music: Of intervals, intonation, and harmony, mathematically correct or perfect: opposed to tempered.
    • pure Of tones, without discordant quality.
    • pure Of style of composition or of a particular work, correct; regular; finished.
    • pure In metaphysics, of the nature of form; unmateriate; in the Kantian terminology, not depending on experience; non-sensuous.
    • pure Logic based solely on a priori principles; a canon of the understanding and of the reason in reference to the formal element.
    • pure Synonyms Uncorrupted, incorrupt, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, unstained, clean, fair, unspotted, unpolluted, undefiled, immaculate, guiltless, holy.
    • n pure Purity.
    • n pure In tanning, a bate of dog's dung, used for counteracting the action of the lime on the skins in the process of unhairing.
    • pure Quite; very; absolutely; perfectly.
    • pure To purify; cleanse; refine.
    • pure Specifically In tanning, to cleanse with a bate of dog's dung.
    • pure In biology, having germ-cells of only one kind and like those of a parent. See the extract.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronaut John Glenn ate the first meal in space when he ate pureed applesauce squeezed from a tube aboard Friendship 7 in 1962.
    • adj Pure pūr (comp. Pur′er; superl. Pur′est) clean: unsoiled: unmixed: not adulterated: real: free from guilt or defilement: chaste: modest: mere: that and that only: complete: non-empirical, involving an exercise of mind alone, without admixture of the results of experience
    • n Pure purity
    • adv Pure quite:
    • v.t Pure to cleanse, refine
    • adv Pure (obs.) entirely
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  • Ovid
    “There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “See that each hour's feelings, and thoughts and actions are pure and true; then your life will be also.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “Pure love is a willingness to give without a thought of receiving anything in return.”
  • Tallulah Bankhead
    Tallulah Bankhead
    “I'm as pure as the driven slush.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “A play visibly represents pure existing.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pur, F. pur, fr. L. purus,; akin to putus, pure, clear, putare, to clean, trim, prune, set in order, settle, reckon, consider, think, Skr. p, to clean, and perh. E. fire,. Cf. Putative


In literature:

The passers-by stood still and smiled in admiration of its pure vernal freshness.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
So the Artist will pause now and then to test his view of Nature in the light of pure reason.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
Religion is, therefore, with Cousin, at bottom, pure Theism.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Deposit a large drop of immersion oil (or pure water) on the upper surface of the condenser and rack it down a few millimetres.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
For on hypothesis every gamete must be pure for one or other of these two characters.
"Mendelism" by Reginald Crundall Punnett
Was it from personal ambition or pure patriotism?
"Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)" by Sir Leslie Stephen
He was abstract, purely a fixed will.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
A pure-minded boy will be a pure-minded man.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The plant is always a pure white.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
And the state of that soul, whether good predominate in it or evil, is purely dependent on that soul's thoughts and actions in time past.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding

In poetry:

"You are so pure, so kind, so true,
Your goodness shines so bright,
What use would ELLEN be to you?
Believe me, you're all right."
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
As pure and sweet, her fair brow seemed
Eternal as the sky;
And like the brook's low song, her voice,--
A sound which could not die.
"Gone" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The country silence wraps me quite,
Silence and song and pure delight;
The country beckons all the day
Smiling, and but a step away.
"The Old Love" by Katharine Tynan
`Summer should wander in your voice, and Spring
Gleam in your gaze,
And pure thoughts ripen in your heart that bring
Calm Autumn days.
"A Birthday Present" by Alfred Austin
Would that, as following years roll on,
Life's infant brightness might endure,
And leave us, when those years are gone,
Pure, as a happy child is pure!
"The Innocence of Infancy" by John Bowring
The spark of anger flickers in sorrow's ashes,
the mind is hard with anger, with pain tender:
there is no way of being pure as Christmas
on this white, pure-as-Christmas path.
"Christmas Greetings 1941" by Marie Under

In news:

Lane Grosser and her Brio Dance Company will partner with local band Pure Cane Sugar to present a joint concert.
5,000 years ago, people living in Turkey were surprisingly good at what seems like a purely modern practice.
"Many of the recipes we feature in hospitals and senior dining facilities use seasonal vegetable purees and broths as well as tea infusions," Neff says.
Everyone loves mashed potatoes, but this celery root puree is a worthy competitor.
Yet there is another reason to see this exhibition beyond its pure visual reward.
Past Chianti 's drab exterior is a pure taste of Italy -- some of the best in the Roanoke Valley.
1 1/2 cups pureed cantaloupe.
Seeing how Republicans see everything about President Obama is pure fake it is not surprising that one would believe this.
Cauliflower and almond puree is served here with lamb, but any red meat will do.
Cauliflower and almond puree --serve it with lamb or any red meat.
This dish is thickened with a sweet puree of beets, instead of the usual butter, cream and flour.
Silk Pure Coconut milk .
The backwoods doo-wop flair of "Mary" and country-U2 yearning in "Back Down South" catch the Kings at the perfect midpoint between pure pop and down-home.
You could call it pure coincidence, careful planning or a highly symbolic harmonic convergence.
Some applicants purely comical .

In science:

Considering these structures as an embedding of usual complex and symplectic structures (acting in the tangent bundle) we see immediately that ˆJJ is of pure symplectic type (k = 0) while ˆJω is of pure complex type (k = 3).
Generalized Calabi-Yau structures and mirror symmetry
It was shown that the results represent a fine interplay between pure order and pure disorder statistics.
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
The prepared state will be pure only if we pro ject the first PDC photon (called also the heralding photon) into a pure state.
Measurement of Coupling PDC photon sources with single-mode and multimode optical fibers
At the energy e1 per lattice point the system is in the pure ordered phase, at e3 in the pure disordered phase.
Heat can flow from cold to hot in Microcanonical Thermodynamics of finite systems. The microscopic origin of condensation and phase separations
This is a purely infinite simple ring (see ), so that any right ideal of R is a non-unital purely infinite simple ring.
Structure of non-unital purely infinite simple rings