What does PURE mean?

Definitions for PUREpyʊər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word PURE.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pure(adj)

    free of extraneous elements of any kind

    "pure air and water"; "pure gold"; "pure primary colors"; "the violin's pure and lovely song"; "pure tones"; "pure oxygen"

  2. arrant(a), complete(a), consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a), perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a), thoroughgoing(a), utter(a), unadulterated(adj)

    without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers

    "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth"

  3. saturated, pure(adj)

    (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black

  4. pure(adj)

    free from discordant qualities

  5. pure(adj)

    concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied

    "pure science"

  6. pure(adj)

    (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless

    "I felt pure and sweet as a new baby"- Sylvia Plath; "pure as the driven snow"

  7. pure, vestal, virgin, virginal, virtuous(adj)

    in a state of sexual virginity

    "pure and vestal modesty"; "a spinster or virgin lady"; "men have decreed that their women must be pure and virginal"


  1. pure(Adverb)

    to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.

    Youu2019re pure busy.

  2. pure(Adjective)

    free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied

  3. pure(Adjective)

    free of foreign material or pollutants

  4. pure(Adjective)

    free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean

  5. pure(Adjective)

    of a branch of science, done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.

  6. Origin: From pur, from pur, from purus, from peu-. Displaced native Middle English lutter (from Old English hlutor, hluttor), Middle English skere (from Old English scære and Old Norse skǣr), Middle English schir (from Old English scir), Middle English smete (from Old English smæte; compare Old English mære).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pure

    separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion

  2. Pure

    free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons

  3. Pure

    free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and actions

  4. Pure

    ritually clean; fitted for holy services

  5. Pure

    of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants


  1. Pure

    Pure is the first internationally published album by Christchurch, New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra. Her previous albums were released only in New Zealand and nearby Australia. This album also received professional consultation from the legendary Sir George Martin who helped to create its "unique appeal". In 2004, it was the highest selling New Zealand Album and so it privileged Hayley with an award from the New Zealand Music Awards of 2004. It was published by the Decca Music Group label in 2003. It was distributed in the United States by Universal Classics in 2004. During its first week of sales it sold 19,068 copies. As of 2007, Pure is the best selling classical album for the 21st century in the UK. Pure gives a new freshness to well known classical repertoire, as well as exploring the world of pop and traditional Maori choral singing, including renditions of "Who Painted the Moon Black?", "Hine e Hine", "In Trutina", from Orff's Carmina Burana, "Wuthering Heights", and the perennial spiritual classic "Amazing Grace". Sir George Martin co-wrote the track "Beat of Your Heart" just for the album. Also on the album is "Pokarekare Ana", a New Zealand love song which has enduring popularity, and has become Hayley's signature song.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pure

    pūr, adj. (comp. Pur′er; superl. Pur′est) clean: unsoiled: unmixed: not adulterated: real: free from guilt or defilement: chaste: modest: mere: that and that only: complete: non-empirical, involving an exercise of mind alone, without admixture of the results of experience.—n. purity.—adv. quite: (obs.) entirely.—v.t. to cleanse, refine.—adv. Pure′ly, without blemish: wholly, entirely: (dial.) wonderfully, very much.—n. Pure′ness.—Pure mathematics (see Mathematics); Pure reason, reason alone, without any mixture of sensibility; Pure science, the principles of any science considered in themselves and their relation to each other, and not in their application to the investigation of other branches of knowledge, as pure mathematics, pure logic, &c. [Fr. pur—L. purus, pure.]

Editors Contribution

  1. pure

    A word used to describe something in a perfect state or condition.

    The gold they mined was pure gold and worth a large amount of money.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PURE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2976

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PURE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3708

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PURE' in Adjectives Frequency: #375

Anagrams for PURE »

  1. Peru, Prue, puer, re-up


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PURE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jeremy Mardis:

    It's been pure hell.

  2. Lauren Lindsay:

    It was pure entertainment.

  3. Tallulah Bankhead:

    I'm as pure as the driven slush.

  4. Arabic Proverb:

    To the pure, all things are pure.

  5. Tallulah Bankhead:

    My heart is pure as the driven slush.

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