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define

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Define \De*fine"\, verb (used without an object) To determine; to decide. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Define \De*fine"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Defined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Defining}.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F. d['e]finir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- + finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See {Final}, {Finish}.]

1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. "To define controversies." --Barrow.

2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.

3. To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the defining power of an optical instrument.

Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I. Newton.

4. 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.

They define virtue to be life ordered according to nature. --Robynson (More's Utopia).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

define

verb

1: determine the essential quality of [syn: {specify}, {define}, {delineate}, {delimit}, {delimitate}]

2: give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define 'sadness'"

3: determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"

4: show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object" [syn: {define}, {delineate}]

5: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters" [syn: {specify}, {set}, {determine}, {define}, {fix}, {limit}]


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