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pure

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adjective \ˈpyu̇r\

Simple Definition of pure

  • : not mixed with anything else

  • : clean and not harmful in any way

  • : having a smooth and clear sound that is not mixed with any other sounds

Full Definition of pure

pur·erpur·est

  1. 1 a (1) :  unmixed with any other matter <pure gold> (2) :  free from dust, dirt, or taint <pure springwater> (3) :  spotless, stainless b :  free from harshness or roughness and being in tune —used of a musical tone c of a vowel :  characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance

  2. 2 a :  being thus and no other :  sheer, unmitigated <pure folly> b (1) :  abstract, theoretical <pure research> (2) :  a priori <pure mechanics> c :  not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems <pure literature> d :  being nonobjective and to be appraised on formal and technical qualities only <pure form>

  3. 3 a (1) :  free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes (2) :  containing nothing that does not properly belong b :  free from moral fault or guilt c :  marked by chastity :  continent d (1) :  of pure blood and unmixed ancestry (2) :  homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters e :  ritually clean

  4. 4 :  having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role <a pure shooter in basketball>

pure·ness noun

Examples of pure

  1. The company bottles only the purest water.

  2. the pure notes of the flute



Origin of pure

Middle English pur, from Anglo-French, from Latin purus; akin to Old High German fowen to sift, Sanskrit punāti he cleanses, Middle Irish úr fresh, new


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of pure

chaste, pure, modest, decent mean free from all taint of what is lewd or salacious. chaste primarily implies a refraining from acts or even thoughts or desires that are not virginal or not sanctioned by marriage vows <they maintained chaste relations>. pure differs from chaste in implying innocence and absence of temptation rather than control of one's impulses and actions <the pure of heart>. modest and decent apply especially to deportment and dress as outward signs of inward chastity or purity <preferred more modest swimsuits> <decent people didn't go to such movies>.

Medical Dictionary

pure

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adjective \ˈpyu̇(ə)r\

Medical Definition of pure

pur·erpur·est

  1. 1:  unmixed with any other matter <pure gold>

  2. 2:  free from dust, dirt, or taint <pure food>

  3. 3a:  of unmixed ancestry :  purebredb:  homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characters

  4. pure·ness noun






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