Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEFINES

We know as a matter of fact that they came by evolution, but that only defines the law.

In a second attempt Meno defines virtue to be 'the power of command.'

As Black Rim defines the word, Tom was quite as bad as they called him.

Webster defines it as a dish of cream, flavoured with wine, and beaten to a froth.

Spurgeon defines it in one of his sermons as "the willingness to know and be known."

Further, it defines force as anything that does, or helps to do work.

Sir Thomas defines his point of view with his usual felicity.

May I ask how Miss Langdon defines the words, a reasonable time?

But it is not the ugly side that defines the effective pragmatics.

But the North-country dread of words, of speech that only defines and magnifies, prevailed.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "to specify; to end," from Old French defenir "to end, terminate, determine," and directly from Latin definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de- "completely" (see de-) + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish (n.)). Related: Defined; defining.