Definition of pure
1a (1) : unmixed with any other matter pure gold (2) : free from dust, dirt, or taint pure spring water (3) : spotless, stainlessb : free from harshness or roughness and being in tune —used of a musical tonec of a vowel : characterized by no appreciable alteration of articulation during utterance
2a : being thus and no other : sheer, unmitigated pure follyb (1) : abstract, theoretical pure research (2) : a priori pure mechanicsc : not directed toward exposition of reality or solution of practical problems pure literatured : being nonobjective and to be appraised on formal and technical qualities only pure form
3a (1) : free from what vitiates, weakens, or pollutes (2) : containing nothing that does not properly belongb : free from moral fault or guiltc : marked by chastity : continentd (1) : of pure blood and unmixed ancestry (2) : homozygous in and breeding true for one or more characterse : ritually clean
4 : having exactly the talents or skills needed for a particular role a pure shooter in basketball
Examples of pure in a Sentence
The company bottles only the purest water.
the pure notes of the flute
Recent Examples of pure from the Web
Just from the pictures below you can see the pure JOY all the officers brought to her face.
To listen to Democrats tell it, though, this is pure political poison for Republicans.
The first half of that sentence is pure politician speak; the second half is what Clinton really believes.
Though much of the older parts of the city are European in feel, this Cathedral is pure Russia, like St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow.
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When the crown arrived, the king, suspicious the goldsmith had substituted silver for some of the gold and kept it for himself, asked Archimedes to determine if the crown was pure gold without harming it.
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Origin and Etymology 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
PURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pure for English Language Learners
: 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
PURE Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of pure
1a : unmixed with any other matter b : free from dirt or taint
2 : being thus and nothing other a pure no-fault compensation system
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