What does definition mean?

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

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. definition(noun)

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

  2. definition(noun)

    clarity of outline

    "exercise had given his muscles superior definition"


  1. definition(Noun)

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

  2. definition(Noun)

    A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation

  3. definition(Noun)

    The action or process of defining.

  4. definition(Noun)

    The act of defining; determination of the limits.

  5. definition(Noun)

    A product of defining.

  6. definition(Noun)

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

    Her comic genius is beyond definition.

  7. definition(Noun)

    Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail.

  8. definition(Noun)

    Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction.

  9. definition(Noun)

    Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits.

    A jacket with distinct waist definition.

  10. definition(Noun)

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

  11. definition(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Definition(noun)

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

  2. Definition(noun)

    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. Definition(noun)

    description; sort

  4. Definition(noun)

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

  5. Definition(noun)

    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.

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?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say definition in sign language?

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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. Doris Lessing:

    Laughter is by definition healthy.

  2. Brookelyn Suddell:

    If you’re looking for definition.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The truth of the words' definition is action.

  4. Eddy M Reyes:

    Definition of laying: you get cut sooner or later.

  5. James Lankford:

    Everyone has their own definition of a border wall.

Images & Illustrations of definition

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Translations for definition

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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
  • 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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