Definition definition

dĕfə-nĭshən
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A statement of what a thing is.
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The state of being clearly outlined.
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The act or process of stating a precise meaning or significance; formulation of a meaning.

The definition of terms is essential to any successful scholarly study.

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A statement of the meaning as of a word or phrase.
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The degree of distinctness of a photograph, etc.
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A defining or being defined.
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The power of a lens to show (an object) in clear, sharp outline.
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The definition of a definition is a statement of what a word or phrase means.

An example of definition is what comes up when looking up a word in YourDictionary.com.

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Definition is defined as the clearness or sharp outline of an object or image.

An example of definition is the outline of people against a background in a photo.

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The level of detail in a recording, production, or digital encoding of an image or sound.
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A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry.
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A statement or description of the fundamental character or scope of something.
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The clearness with which recorded or broadcast sounds or televised images are reproduced; absence of fuzziness.
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A putting or being in clear, sharp outline.
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A making or being definite, explicit, and clear.
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by definition
  • as consistent with its very meaning, nature, or purpose
    A teacher by definition faces the everyday challenges of the classroom.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
definition
Plural:
definitions

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of definition

  • Middle English diffinicioun from Old French definition from Latin dēfīnītiō dēfīnītiōn- from dēfīnītus past participle of dēfīnīre to define define

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition