Definitions for fidelityfɪˈdɛl ɪ ti, faɪ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
fi•del•i•tyfɪˈdɛl ɪ ti, faɪ-(n.)(pl.)-ties.
strict observance of promises, duties, etc.
Ref: loyalty . 1
adherence to fact or detail; accuracy.
the degree of accuracy with which sound or images are recorded or reproduced.
Category: Hi-Fi and Audio
Origin of fidelity:
1375–1425; late ME fidelite (< MF) < L fidēlitās
accuracy with which an electronic system reproduces the sound or image of its input signal
the quality of being faithful
faithfulness to one's duties
accuracy, or exact correspondence to some given quality or fact
loyalty, especially to one's spouse
the degree to which a system accurately reproduces an input.
Origin: 15th century, from fidélité from fidelitas, from fidelis, from fides (English faith), from bʰidʰ-, zero-grade of bʰeydʰ- (English bide).
faithfulness; adherence to right; careful and exact observance of duty, or discharge of obligations
adherence to a person or party to which one is bound; loyalty
adherence to the marriage contract
adherence to truth; veracity; honesty
Fidelity is the quality of being faithful or loyal. Its original meaning regarded duty to a lord or a king, in a broader sense than the related concept of fealty. Both derive from the Latin word fidēlis, meaning "faithful or loyal". In modern human relationships, the term can refer to sexual monogamy. In western culture this often means adherence to marriage vows, or of promises of exclusivity or monogamy, and an absence of adultery. However, some people do not equate fidelity in personal relationships with sexual or emotional monogamy. Often, however, women in the works of Shakespeare are associated with it in a negative sense, such as "She is with little fidelity". For example, Bertram accuses Helena of having "little fidelity" in All's Well That Ends Well. Fidelity also denotes how accurate a copy is to its source. For example, a worn gramophone record will have a lower fidelity than one in good condition, and a recording made by a low budget record company in the early 20th century is likely to have significantly less audio fidelity than a good modern recording. In the 1950s, the terms "high fidelity" or "hi-fi" were popularized for equipment and recordings which exhibited more accurate sound reproduction. The converse term "lo-fi", doesn't necessarily mean "low fidelity", rather that the production ethic aims for "gritty authenticity" over perfect production. Similarly in electronics, fidelity refers to the correspondence of the output signal to the input signal, rather than sound quality.
Translations for fidelity
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
faithfulness or loyalty
his fidelity to his wife; fidelity to a promise.
- trou, getrouheidAfrikaans
- إخلاص، أمانَه، وَفاءArabic
- fidelidadePortuguese (BR)
- die TreueGerman
- troskab; loyalitetDanish
- πίστη, αφοσίωσηGreek
- स्वामी भक्ति, ईमानदारीHindi
- troskap, trofasthetNorwegian
- وفا، وفادارى، صداقت، امانت (لكه ديوه شى په نقلو لو كېPashto
- 忠誠Chinese (Trad.)
- вірність, відданістьUkrainian
- sự trung thực; sự trung thànhVietnamese
- 忠诚Chinese (Simp.)
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