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English Dictionary: Definition by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
definition
n
  1. a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
  2. clarity of outline; "exercise had given his muscles superior definition"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Definition \Def`i*ni"tion\, n. [L. definitio: cf. F.
      d[82]finition.]
      1. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a
            telescope accurate in definition.
  
      2. 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
            [bd]circle;[b8] the definition of [bd]wit;[b8] an exact
            definition; a loose definition.
  
                     Definition being nothing but making another
                     understand by words what the term defined stands
                     for.                                                   --Locke.
  
      3. Description; sort. [R.] [bd]A new creature of another
            definition.[b8] --Jer. Taylor.
  
      4. (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which
            make up the logical essence.
  
      5. (Opt.) Distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by
            an optical instrument; precision in detail.
  
      Syn: {Definition}, {Explanation}, {Description}.
  
      Usage: A definition is designed to settle a thing in its
                  compass and extent; an explanation is intended to
                  remove some obscurity or misunderstanding, and is
                  therefore more extended and minute; a description
                  enters into striking particulars with a view to
                  interest or impress by graphic effect. It is not
                  therefore true, though often said, that description is
                  only an extended definition. [bd]Logicians distinguish
                  definitions into essential and accidental. An
                  essential definition states what are regarded as the
                  constituent parts of the essence of that which is to
                  be defined; and an accidental definition lays down
                  what are regarded as circumstances belonging to it,
                  viz., properties or accidents, such as causes,
                  effects, etc.[b8] --Whately.
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