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Definitions for pristine
ˈprɪs tin, prɪˈstin; esp. Brit. ˈprɪs taɪnpris·tine

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pristineadjective

    completely free from dirt or contamination

    "pristine mountain snow"

  2. pristineadjective

    immaculately clean and unused

    "handed her his pristine white handkerchief"

Wiktionary

  1. pristineadjective

    Unspoiled; still with its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied

  2. pristineadjective

    primitive, pertaining to the earliest state of something

  3. Etymology: From pristin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pristineadjective

    First; ancient; original.

    Etymology: pristinus, Lat.

    Now their pristine worth
    The Britons recollect. Philips.

    This light being trajected only through the parallel superficies of the two prisms, if it suffered any change by the refraction of one superficies, it lost that impression by the contrary refraction of the other superficies, and so, being restored to its pristine constitution, became of the same nature and condition as at first. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

ChatGPT

  1. pristine

    Pristine generally refers to something that is in its original condition, untouched, unspoiled, clean, or pure. This could apply to a range of things, from untouched landscapes to items that have been perfectly preserved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pristineadjective

    belonging to the earliest period or state; original; primitive; primeval; as, the pristine state of innocence; the pristine manners of a people; pristine vigor

  2. Etymology: [L. pristinus, akin to prior: cf. F. pristin. See Prior, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pristine

    pris′tin, adj. as at first: former: belonging to the earliest time: ancient. [O. Fr.,—L. pristinus; cf. priscus, antique, prior, former.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pristine in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pristine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pristine in a Sentence

  1. Philipp Heck:

    This meteorite is special because it fell onto a frozen lake and was recovered quickly. It was very pristine. We could see the minerals weren't much altered and later found that it contained a rich inventory of extraterrestrial organic compounds, these kinds of organic compounds were likely delivered to the early Earth by meteorites and might have contributed to the ingredients of life.

  2. Patrick McCarthy:

    There is an ongoing concern that ground-based astronomy is at risk long-term. There just are not that many pristine sites left, as these cities and highways grow, you start to wash out the faintest objects. The thing is, the faintest objects are the reason we're building these telescopes in the first place.

  3. Scott Sheppard:

    Most objects that we know of interact with the planets in some way so the orbits have been disturbed over the past few billion years, whereas this object is so distant that it may not have been disturbed by planets. So its orbit is a pristine orbit from the formation of the original solar system. If we can get its orbit and understand how it formed and how it got there, it will tell us a lot about the formation of our solar system.

  4. Alannah Hurley:

    It is impossible for Pebble to mitigate the devastation this mine will have on our Native cultures, our way of life that has been sustained for thousands of years by the pristine lands and waters of the Bristol Bay watershed.

  5. Hilary Roberts:

    The key objects in the photograph are Lee Miller’s boots on Hitler’s bath mat, which when she arrived was pristine white, and when she left was covered with dirt from Dachau.

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