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  2  definitions  found 
 
  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['e]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 
  ``To  define  controversies.''  --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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  defining 
  n  :  any  process  serving  to  define  the  shape  of  something  [syn:  {shaping}] 




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