perfect[pʉr′fikt; for v. pər fekt′]
- The definition of perfect is someone or something that is excellent, correct and flawless.
- An example of perfect is a soft avocado without bruises.
- An example of perfect is a female singer who sings contralto, mezzo soprano and soprano.
- An example of perfect is right size allen wrench for the job.
- Perfect is defined as to complete something or sharpen one's skills.
An example of perfect is a gymnast achieving a landing without a slip up.
A perfect avacado.
- complete in all respects; without defect or omission; sound; flawless
- in a condition of complete excellence, as in skill or quantity; faultless; most excellent; sometimes used comparatively: “to create a more perfect union”
- completely correct or accurate; exact; precise: a perfect copy
- without reserve or qualification; pure; utter; sheer; absolute: a perfect fool, perfect stranger
- designating a binding of books in which pages are glued to cloth or paper at the spine rather than having the signatures sewn together
- Bot. monoclinous
- Gram. expressing or showing a state or action completed at the time of speaking or at the time indicated: verbs have three perfect tenses: simple (or present) perfect, past perfect (or pluperfect), and future perfect
- Music designating an interval of a unison, fourth, fifth, or octave
Origin of perfectMiddle English perfit ; from Old French parfit ; from Classical Latin perfectus, past participle of perficere, to finish ; from per-, through (see per-) + facere, to make, do: mod. spelling, spelled is Latinized
- to bring to completion
- to make perfect or more nearly perfect according to a given standard, as by training
- the perfect tense
- a verb form in this tense
- Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.
- Being without defect or blemish: a perfect specimen.
- Thoroughly skilled or talented in a certain field or area; proficient.
- Completely suited for a particular purpose or situation: She was the perfect actress for the part.
- a. Completely corresponding to a description, standard, or type: a perfect circle; a perfect gentleman.b. Accurately reproducing an original: a perfect copy of the painting.
- Complete; thorough; utter: a perfect fool.
- Pure; undiluted; unmixed: perfect red.
- Excellent and delightful in all respects: a perfect day.
- Botany Having both stamens and pistils in the same flower; monoclinous.
- Capable of sexual reproduction. Used of fungi.
- Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting a verb form expressing action completed prior to a fixed point of reference in time.
- Music Designating the three basic intervals of the octave, fourth, and fifth.
- Grammar The perfect tense.
- A verb or verb form in the perfect tense.
transitive verbper·fect·ed, per·fect·ing, per·fects
Origin of perfectMiddle English perfit, from Old French parfit, from Latin perfectus, past participle of perficere, to finish : per-, per- + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more perfect, superlative most perfect)
- Fitting its definition precisely.
- a perfect circle
- Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- That bucket with the hole in the bottom is a poor bucket, but it is perfect for watering plants.
- Without fault or mistake; thoroughly skilled or talented.
- Practice makes perfect.
- Excellent and delightful in all respects.
- a perfect day
- (grammar, of a tense or verb form) Representing a completed action.
- (biology) Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- (botany) Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- (analysis) Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- (music) Describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones.
- (of a cocktail) Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
- a perfect Manhattan; a perfect Rob Roy
- (grammar) The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
From Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit (modern: parfait), from Latin perfectus, perfect passive participle of perficere (“to finish"), from per- (“through, thorough") + facere (“to do, to make"). Spelling modified 15c. to conform Latin etymology.
(third-person singular simple present perfects, present participle perfecting, simple past and past participle perfected)
From perfect (adjective) or from Latin perfectus