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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
define
v
  1. determine the essential quality of [syn: specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate]
  2. give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define `sadness'"
  3. determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
  4. show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
    Synonym(s): define, delineate
  5. decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify the parameters"
    Synonym(s): specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Define \De*fine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Defined}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Defining}.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F.
      d[82]finir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- +
      finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See
      {Final}, {Finish}.]
      1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.
            [bd]To define controversies.[b8] --Barrow.
  
      2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark
            the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or
            country.
  
      3. To determine with precision; to mark out with
            distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the
            defining power of an optical instrument.
  
                     Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I.
                                                                              Newton.
  
      4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the
            meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound
            or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a
            scientific term.
  
                     They define virtue to be life ordered according to
                     nature.                                             --Robynson
                                                                              (More's
                                                                              Utopia).

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Define \De*fine"\, v. i.
      To determine; to decide. [Obs.]
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