Definition of Definition

1. Noun. A concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol.

2. Noun. Clarity of outline. "Exercise had given his muscles superior definition"
Generic synonyms: Distinctness, Sharpness
Derivative terms: Define

Definition of Definition

1. n. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a telescope accurate in definition.

Definition of Definition

1. Noun. (semantics) A statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol (dictionary definitions). ¹

2. Noun. A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation ¹

3. Noun. The action or process of defining. ¹

4. Noun. The act of defining; determination of the limits. ¹

5. Noun. A product of defining. ¹

6. Noun. The action or power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear. ¹

7. Noun. Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail. ¹

8. Noun. Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction. ¹

9. Noun. Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits. ¹

10. Noun. (bodybuilding) The degree to which individual muscles are distinct on the body. ¹

11. Noun. (programming) A statement which provides a previous delcaration with a value or body of a subroutine (in the case of function). ¹

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Definition of Definition

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Definition

1. The distinctness with which the very fine detail in an image or photograph can be seen. (05 Aug 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Definition

defining characteristic
defining characteristics
defining vocabulary
definite article
definite articles
definite clause
definite integral
definite integrals
definite quantity
definition (current term)
definition by pointing
definition list
definition lists
definitions by pointing
definitive callus
definitive erythroblast

Literary usage of Definition

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1803)
"For if the terms of one definition were (till to be defined by another, ... I THINK it is agreed, that a definition is nothing e!ff, but tke flawing the ..."

2. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society by Royal Astronomical Society (1898)
"Good definition. March 30 __ Images steady and fairly veil defined. ... definition pretty good. April 16. — The time of final disappearance doubtful to a ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"He explains it in terms that practically constitute a new definition. ... If to this be added ratio- nalis natura:, we have a definition comprising the five ..."

4. Hand-book of the Law of Torts by Edwin Ames Jaggard (1895)
"definition. 232. Nuisance Is a distinct civil wrong, consisting of anything wrongfully done or permitted which interferes with or annoys another in the ..."

5. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements by Euclid, Johan Ludvig Heiberg (1908)
"This definition supplements the last one. De Morgan says that it amounts to saying ... But this can hardly be all; the definition seems rather to be meant, ..."

6. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"Plainly, if Blackstone's definition was to make any distinction at all, ... What the face of the definition and the context tell us, the practice of the ..."

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