definition

[ def-uh-nish-uh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF definition

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Merely to abstain from definition was like a load taken off my mind.

You must listen to the definition of a catachresis:—'A catachresis is the boldest of any trope.

Examples will give a better notion of this than can be conveyed by any definition.

The Assistant Commissioner gave this definition in an apologetic voice.

The Century Dictionary will please not copy this definition.

There is no definition for this word—nobody knows what hash is.

The change had already happened which is the test and definition of evening.

This self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.

But nothing could be more one-sided, and in effect untrue, than such a definition.

I think, Mr. Grey, you must admit that my definition of labour is the correct one?

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "decision, setting of boundaries," from Old French definicion, from Latin definitionem (nominative definitio), noun of action from past participle stem of definire (see define).

In logic, meaning "act of stating what something means" is from 1640s; meaning "a statement of the essential nature of something" is from late 14c.; the special focus on words developed after c.1550. Meaning "degree of distinctness of the details in a picture" is from 1889.

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