Part of speech: noun

An explanation of a word or thing that distinguishes it from all other things.

Part of speech: noun

The act of defining.

Part of speech: noun

The state of being definite; definitiveness; the power of a lens to give a distinct image.

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Usage examples "definition":

  1. On the definition and nature of the Science of Political Economy. - "A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)", Augustus de Morgan.
  2. The definition, remarked the professor coldly, is to be found in the dictionary, I have no doubt. - "Concerning Sally", William John Hopkins.
  3. Nares understood that he meant what other men called duty by the obvious thing, but the definition, which he felt was characteristic of the man, pleased him. - "Long Odds", Harold Bindloss.