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: a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol
: a statement expressing the essential nature of something
: a product of defining
: the action or process of stating the meaning of a word or word group
: the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear
the definition of a telescope her comic genius is beyond definition
: clarity of visual presentation : distinctness of outline or detail
improve the definition of an image
: clarity especially of musical sound in reproduction
: sharp demarcation of outlines or limits
a jacket with distinct waist definition
: an act of determining
: the formal proclamation of a Roman Catholic dogma
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delineation, depiction, description, picture, portrait, portraiture, portrayal, rendering, sketch, vignette
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14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4
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
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: an explanation of the meaning of a word, phrase, etc. : a statement that defines a word, phrase, etc.
: a statement that describes what something is
: a clear or perfect example of a person or thing
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: a statement of the meaning of a word or a word group
: clearness of outline or detail
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: the action or the power of making definite and clear
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