For the last eight years or so, I've been watching the evolution of bikes made for women. At the beginning of that time, there were a small number of women's bikes available, most offered with low-end, sometimes no-name, spec, as if by definition all women riders were beginners.—Christine Bucher, Bicycling, March 2008Not only is Ellen Byrne a chocolatier, but she takes the definition of artisan to a higher level.—Amy Johansson, Chocolatier, February/March 2006One kind of poverty is that of the imagination—the inability to envision a future truly different from the present. Jasmine had long judged people based on whether or not they gave her food and clothing, but, as she watched Carolyn and Gus and other families, she found herself mulling different gauges of worth. She'd been working lately on a definition of love.—Katherine Boo, New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2005Ideology thus provides definition of both systemic reality and values: it provides a set of preconceptions of what is and of what ought to be.—Warren J. Samuels, Modern Economic Thought, (1977) 1993
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Middle English diffinicioun, borrowed from Anglo-French diffiniciun, definiciun, borrowed from Latin dēfīnītiōn-, dēfīnītiō "fixing of a boundary, precise description," from dēfīnīre "to mark the limits of, determine, define" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action