Definitions for: Define

[v] give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'"
[v] determine the essential quality of
[v] determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
[v] delineate the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"

Webster (1913) Definition: De*fine", v. t. [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

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.

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

De*fine", v. i.
To determine; to decide. [Obs.]

Synonyms: delimit, delimitate, delineate, specify

See Also: be, characterise, characterize, determine, determine, fix, limit, redefine, redefine, set, show, specify

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