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Definitions of define

  1. delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. determine the essential quality of Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To determine; to decide. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To state the exact meaning of; to explain; to fix the limits of. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Definer. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. To determine; fix the meaning of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. To state the meaning of; explain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. To bring out the outlines of; determine exactly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To lay down and fix the limit; to determine the limit; to explain accurately what a word or an expression means; to describe what a thing is. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To ascertain or fix the limits; to explain the exact meaning of a word or term; to explain the distinctive properties, &c., of a thing. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. de-f[=i]n', v.t. to fix the bounds or limits of: to determine with precision: to describe accurately: to fix the meaning of.--adj. DEFIN'ABLE, that may be defined.--n. DEFINE'MENT (Shak.), description.--adj. DEF'INITE, defined: having distinct limits: fixed: exact: clear.--adv. DEF'INITELY.--ns. DEF'INITENESS; DEFINI'TION, a defining: a description of a thing by its properties: an explanation of the exact meaning of a word, term, or phrase.--adj. DEFIN'ITIVE, defining or limiting: positive: final.--n. (gram.) an adjective used to limit the signification of a noun.--adv. DEFIN'ITIVELY.--ns. DEFIN'ITIVENESS; DEFIN'ITUDE, definitiveness. [Fr.,--L. defin[=i]re, -[=i]tum, to set bounds to--de, finis, a limit.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. Settle limits of; make clear, esp. in outline (well-defined image; d. one\'s position, state it precisely); set forth essence of, declare exact meaning of, (also abs., frame definitions); (of properties) make up total character of. Hence definable a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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