What does definition mean?

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

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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"


  1. definitionnoun

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

  2. definitionnoun

    A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation

  3. definitionnoun

    The action or process of defining.

  4. definitionnoun

    The act of defining; determination of the limits.

  5. definitionnoun

    A product of defining.

  6. definitionnoun

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

    Her comic genius is beyond definition.

  7. definitionnoun

    Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail.

  8. definitionnoun

    Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction.

  9. definitionnoun

    Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits.

    A jacket with distinct waist definition.

  10. definitionnoun

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

  11. definitionnoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Definitionnoun

    Etymology: definitio, Latin; definition, French.

    I drew my definition of poetical wit from my particular consideration of him; for propriety of thoughts and words are only to be found in him; and, where they are proper, they will be delightful. Dryden.

    What is man? Not a reasonable animal merely; for that is not an adequate and distinguishing definition. Richard Bentley, Serm.


  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


  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

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  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. Anuj Somany:

    A person who has got often money in mind does find convenience to use term paycheck in every definition and even correlating it with the intention of the invisible God.

  2. Mark Nevins:

    The Trump administration's definition of a 'strong economy' is essentially based on the stock market, the people who benefit from that are more like Donald Trump than a worker from Scranton, Pennsylvania.

  3. David Goodhart:

    I think anything that brings the country together like a good World Cup run or the 2012 Olympics (different countries of course) almost by definition bridges Somewhere/Anywhere gulfs at least for a short time, but they can also reveal gulfs. It is noticeable how relatively few England flags there are in London, especially the central areas, compared with most of the rest of the country.

  4. Rooma Mehra:

    A mingling of auras.. love.. It defies definition..

  5. Chief Justice John Roberts:

    The people of a state are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition.

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  • تعريف, تَعْرِيْفArabic
  • билдәләмәBashkir
  • вызначэ́нне, азначэ́нне, дэфіні́цыяBelarusian
  • я́сност, дефини́ция, определя́не, ря́зкост, определе́ние, раздели́телна спосо́бностBulgarian
  • definicióCatalan, Valencian
  • definiceCzech
  • opløsning, gengivelse, opløsningsevne, definitionDanish
  • Trennschärfe, Präzision, Definierung, Definition, Begriffserklärung, Schärfe, Konturentreue, ScharfzeichnungGerman
  • ορισμόςGreek
  • difinoEsperanto
  • definiciónSpanish
  • تعریفPersian
  • tarkkuus, määrittely, rajaus, erottelukyky, erottuvuus, määritelmä, kirkkausFinnish
  • définitionFrench
  • gléineIrish
  • sònrachadh, comharrachadhScottish Gaelic
  • definiciónGalician
  • הגדרהHebrew
  • परिभाषाHindi
  • definisyonHaitian Creole
  • meghatározásHungarian
  • definisiIndonesian
  • definizione, definitezza, il definire, livello di definizioneItalian
  • 語義, 定義Japanese
  • និយមន័យKhmer
  • 정의, 定義Korean
  • پێناسه‌Kurdish
  • apibrėžimas, definicijaLithuanian
  • дефини́цијаMacedonian
  • scherpte, omschrijving, definiëring, definitieDutch
  • definicjaPolish
  • clareza, definição, nitidez, delineação, descritibilidadePortuguese
  • forță de definire, definire, [[grad]] [[de]] [[definire]], definițieRomanian
  • чёткость, определе́ние, ре́зкость, разреше́ние, дефини́ция, я́сность, объясне́ниеRussian
  • definicija, дефиницијаSerbo-Croatian
  • definíciaSlovak
  • definicijaSlovene
  • definition, upplösning, definierandeSwedish
  • வரையறைTamil
  • kahuluganTagalog
  • билгеләмәTatar
  • дефіні́ція, ви́значення, озна́ченняUkrainian
  • 定義, định nghĩaVietnamese
  • 定義Chinese

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
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