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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Definite  \Def"i*nite\,  n. 
  A  thing  defined  or  determined.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Definite  \Def"i*nite\,  a.  [L.  definitis  p.  p.  of  definire:  cf 
  F.  d['e]fini.  See  {Define}.] 
  1.  Having  certain  or  distinct;  determinate  in  extent  or 
  greatness;  limited;  fixed;  as  definite  dimensions;  a 
  definite  measure;  a  definite  period  or  interval. 
 
  Elements  combine  in  definite  proportions.  --Whewell. 
 
  2.  Having  certain  limits  in  signification;  determinate; 
  certain;  precise;  fixed;  exact;  clear;  as  a  definite 
  word  term,  or  expression. 
 
  3.  Determined;  resolved.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Serving  to  define  or  restrict;  limiting;  determining;  as 
  the  definite  article. 
 
  {Definite  article}  (Gram.),  the  article  the  which  is  used  to 
  designate  a  particular  person  or  thing  or  a  particular 
  class  of  persons  or  things  --  also  called  a  definitive. 
  See  {Definitive},  n.  - 
 
  {Definite  inflorescence}.  (Bot.)  See  {Determinate 
  inflorescence},  under  {Determinate}. 
 
  {Law  of  definite  proportions}  (Chem.),  the  essential  law  of 
  chemical  combination  that  every  definite  compound  always 
  contains  the  same  elements  in  the  same  proportions  by 
  weight;  and  if  two  or  more  elements  form  more  than  one 
  compound  with  each  other  the  relative  proportions  of  each 
  are  fixed.  Compare  Law  of  multiple  proportions,  under 
  {Multiple}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  definite 
  adj  1:  precise;  explicit  and  clearly  defined;  "I  want  a  definite 
  answer";  "a  definite  statement  of  the  terms  of  the 
  will";  "a  definite  amount";  "definite  restrictions  on 
  the  sale  of  alcohol";  "the  wedding  date  is  now 
  definite";  "a  definite  drop  in  attendance"  [ant:  {indefinite}] 
  2:  known  for  certain;  "it  is  definite  that  they  have  won" 




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