What does definition mean?

Definitions for definition
ˌdɛf əˈnɪʃ əndef·i·ni·tion

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. definitionnoun

    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol

  2. definitionnoun

    clarity of outline

    "exercise had given his muscles superior definition"

Wiktionary

  1. definitionnoun

    A statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol (dictionary definitions).

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  2. definitionnoun

    A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  3. definitionnoun

    The action or process of defining.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  4. definitionnoun

    The act of defining; determination of the limits.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  5. definitionnoun

    A product of defining.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  6. definitionnoun

    The action or power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear.

    Her comic genius is beyond definition.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  7. definitionnoun

    Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  8. definitionnoun

    Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  9. definitionnoun

    Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits.

    A jacket with distinct waist definition.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  10. definitionnoun

    The degree to which individual muscles are distinct on the body.

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

  11. definitionnoun

    A statement which provides a previous delcaration with a value or body of a subroutine (in the case of function).

    Etymology: From diffinicioun, from definition, from dēfīnītiō, from dēfīniō.

Wikipedia

  1. Definition

    A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term (a word, phrase, or other set of symbols). Definitions can be classified into two large categories, intensional definitions (which try to give the sense of a term) and extensional definitions (which try to list the objects that a term describes). Another important category of definitions is the class of ostensive definitions, which convey the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. A term may have many different senses and multiple meanings, and thus require multiple definitions.In mathematics, a definition is used to give a precise meaning to a new term, by describing a condition which unambiguously qualifies what a mathematical term is and is not. Definitions and axioms form the basis on which all of modern mathematics is to be constructed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Definitionnoun

    the act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a telescope accurate in definition

  2. Definitionnoun

    act of ascertaining and explaining the signification; a description of a thing by its properties; an explanation of the meaning of a word or term; as, the definition of "circle;" the definition of "wit;" an exact definition; a loose definition

  3. Definitionnoun

    description; sort

  4. Definitionnoun

    an exact enunciation of the constituents which make up the logical essence

  5. Definitionnoun

    distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by an optical instrument; precision in detail

Freebase

  1. Definition

    A definition is a statement that explains the meaning of a term. The term to be defined is the definiendum. The term may have many different senses and multiple meanings. For each meaning, a definiens is a cluster of words that defines that term. As an example: To successfully define the word "Vegan", the definiendum must be given a definiens. A definition will vary in aspects like precision or popularity. There are also different types of definitions with different purposes and focuses. A chief difficulty in the management of definitions is the necessity of using other terms that are already understood or whose definitions are easily obtainable or demonstrable. A dictionary definition typically contains additional details about a word, such as an etymology and the language or languages of its origin, or obsolete meanings.

Editors Contribution

  1. definition

    To define or express the meaning of a word, term, creation, sign or symbol.

    Definition is so important when it comes to a dictionary or the gift of lexicography.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 27, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'definition' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2163

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'definition' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2390

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'definition' in Nouns Frequency: #760

How to pronounce definition?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of definition in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of definition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of definition in a Sentence

  1. Robert Maxim:

    It's worth underscoring how absurd it is that the descendants of the tribe that met Pilgrims, who every American learns about around this time of year, couldn't meet the definition of a' tribe,' it's just a perfect illustration of how messed up, and really, anti-Native, federal Indian policy has been throughout our history.

  2. Noam Chomsky:

    Personally, I'm in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions of society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism, we can't have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be establishedat every level--there's little bargaining, a little give and take,but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I'm opposed to political fascism, I'm opposed to economic fascism. I think that until the major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it's pointless to talk about democracy.

  3. Briton Alex Inglot:

    Generally, the reality is that there are only a few big issues that are pretty much zero-sum games, whether it's prize money, whether it's changes to the calendar, whether it's reviewing formats or things like that. So in those situations where interests are intrinsically differing, they cause frustration and friction almost by definition.

  4. Neil Hicks:

    President Trump says he wants to focus bilateral talks on security, but what drives insecurity in Egypt is the government's harsh repression, when human rights are not protected, instability fuels the very extremism that President Trump says he is trying to combat. If President Trump fails to raise human rights concerns with President Sisi, he is by definition undermining the global struggle against terrorism and violent extremism.

  5. Ryan Navales:

    Skid Row has become less transient, the history of skid row goes back to a transient neighborhood associated with the railroad. The true definition of transient is short term. Now it's long term. It's become a neighborhood.

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  • تَعْرِيْف, تعريفArabic
  • билдәләмәBashkir
  • дэфіні́цыя, азначэ́нне, вызначэ́ннеBelarusian
  • ря́зкост, определя́не, дефини́ция, раздели́телна спосо́бност, определе́ние, я́сностBulgarian
  • definicióCatalan, Valencian
  • definiceCzech
  • definition, opløsning, opløsningsevne, gengivelseDanish
  • Trennschärfe, Scharfzeichnung, Definierung, Präzision, Begriffserklärung, Konturentreue, Definition, SchärfeGerman
  • ορισμόςGreek
  • difinoEsperanto
  • definiciónSpanish
  • تعریفPersian
  • määrittely, määritelmä, rajaus, erottelukyky, erottuvuus, kirkkaus, tarkkuusFinnish
  • définitionFrench
  • gléineIrish
  • comharrachadh, sònrachadhScottish Gaelic
  • definiciónGalician
  • הגדרהHebrew
  • परिभाषाHindi
  • definisyonHaitian Creole
  • meghatározásHungarian
  • definisiIndonesian
  • definizione, definitezza, livello di definizione, il definireItalian
  • 語義, 定義Japanese
  • និយមន័យKhmer
  • 정의, 定義Korean
  • پێناسه‌Kurdish
  • definicija, apibrėžimasLithuanian
  • дефини́цијаMacedonian
  • definiëring, omschrijving, definitie, scherpteDutch
  • definicjaPolish
  • nitidez, descritibilidade, clareza, definição, delineaçãoPortuguese
  • definire, definiție, forță de definire, [[grad]] [[de]] [[definire]]Romanian
  • определе́ние, дефини́ция, ре́зкость, объясне́ние, я́сность, разреше́ние, чёткостьRussian
  • дефиниција, definicijaSerbo-Croatian
  • definíciaSlovak
  • definicijaSlovene
  • upplösning, definition, definierandeSwedish
  • வரையறைTamil
  • kahuluganTagalog
  • билгеләмәTatar
  • озна́чення, ви́значення, дефіні́ціяUkrainian
  • định nghĩa, 定義Vietnamese
  • 定義Chinese

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