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Definition of "definition" []

  • A statement conveying fundamental character. (noun)
  • A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry. (noun)
  • The act or process of stating a precise meaning or significance; formulation of a meaning. (noun)
  • The act of making clear and distinct: a definition of one's intentions. (noun)
  • The state of being closely outlined or determined: "With the drizzle, the trees in the little clearing had lost definition” ( Anthony Hyde). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "definition" in a sentence
  • "The definition of ˜definition™ for Protothetic run to 18 separate complex clauses, and in Ontology, which adds a second style of definition, another 18 clauses."
  • "By that definition, a manifesto is suspect as a *definition* of the community."
  • "Apple's definition of the design phase, is that it consists of four sub phases focusing on ... becoming familiar with the device and the context in which it is used, product definition*, design & prototype on paper, polish & refine to develop an application with a fantastic user experience."