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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Pure  \Pure\,  a.  [Compar.  {Purer};  superl.  {Purest}.]  [OE.  pur, 
  F.  pur,  fr  L.  purus;  akin  to  putus  pure,  clear,  putare  to 
  clean,  trim,  prune,  set  in  order  settle,  reckon,  consider, 
  think,  Skr.  p?  to  clean,  and  perh.  E.  fire.  Cf  {Putative}.] 
  1.  Separate  from  all  heterogeneous  or  extraneous  matter;  free 
  from  mixture  or  combination;  clean;  mere;  simple;  unmixed; 
  as  pure  water;  pure  clay;  pure  air;  pure  compassion. 
 
  The  pure  fetters  on  his  shins  great.  --Chaucer. 
 
  A  guinea  is  pure  gold  if  it  has  in  it  no  alloy.  --I. 
  Watts. 
 
  2.  Free  from  moral  defilement  or  quilt;  hence  innocent; 
  guileless;  chaste;  --  applied  to  persons.  ``Keep  thyself 
  pure.''  --1  Tim.  v.  22. 
 
  Now  the  end  of  the  commandment  is  charity  out  of  a 
  pure  heart,  and  of  a  good  conscience.  --1  Tim.  i.  5. 
 
  3.  Free  from  that  which  harms,  vitiates,  weakens,  or 
  pollutes;  genuine;  real;  perfect;  --  applied  to  things  and 
  actions.  ``Pure  religion  and  impartial  laws.''  --Tickell. 
  ``The  pure,  fine  talk  of  Rome.''  --Ascham. 
 
  Such  was  the  origin  of  a  friendship  as  warm  and  pure 
  as  any  that  ancient  or  modern  history  records. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  4.  (Script.)  Ritually  clean;  fitted  for  holy  services. 
 
  Thou  shalt  set  them  in  two  rows,  six  on  a  row,  upon 
  the  pure  table  before  the  Lord.  --Lev.  xxiv. 
  6. 
 
  5.  (Phonetics)  Of  a  single,  simple  sound  or  tone;  --  said  of 
  some  vowels  and  the  unaspirated  consonants. 
 
  {Pure-impure},  completely  or  totally  impure.  ``The 
  inhabitants  were  pure-impure  pagans.''  --Fuller. 
 
  {Pure  blue}.  (Chem.)  See  {Methylene  blue},  under  {Methylene}. 
 
 
  {Pure  chemistry}.  See  under  {Chemistry}. 
 
  {Pure  mathematics},  that  portion  of  mathematics  which  treats 
  of  the  principles  of  the  science,  or  contradistinction  to 
  applied  mathematics,  which  treats  of  the  application  of 
  the  principles  to  the  investigation  of  other  branches  of 
  knowledge,  or  to  the  practical  wants  of  life.  See 
  {Mathematics}.  --Davies  &  Peck  (Math.  Dict.  ) 
 
  {Pure  villenage}  (Feudal  Law),  a  tenure  of  lands  by  uncertain 
  services  at  the  will  of  the  lord.  --Blackstone. 
 
  Syn:  Unmixed;  clear;  simple;  real;  true;  genuine; 
  unadulterated;  uncorrupted;  unsullied;  untarnished; 
  unstained;  stainless;  clean;  fair;  unspotted;  spotless; 
  incorrupt;  chaste;  unpolluted;  undefiled;  immaculate; 
  innocent;  guiltless;  guileless;  holy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  pure 
  adj  1:  free  of  extraneous  elements  of  any  kind  "pure  air  and 
  water";  "pure  gold";  "pure  primary  colors";  "the 
  violin's  pure  and  lovely  song";  "pure  tones"  [ant:  {impure}] 
  2:  without  qualification;  used  informally  as  (often  pejorative) 
  intensifiers;  "an  arrant  fool";  "a  complete  coward";  "a 
  consummate  fool";  "a  double-dyed  villain";  "gross 
  negligence";  "a  perfect  idiot";  "pure  folly";  "what  a 
  sodding  mess";  "stark  staring  mad";  "a  thoroughgoing 
  villain";  "utter  nonsense"  [syn:  {arrant(a)},  {complete(a)}, 
  {consummate(a)},  {double-dyed(a)},  {everlasting(a)},  {gross(a)}, 
  {perfect(a)},  {pure(a)},  {sodding(a)},  {stark(a)},  {staring(a)}, 
  {thoroughgoing(a)},  {utter(a)}] 
  3:  (of  color)  being  chromatically  pure;  not  diluted  with  white 
  or  gray  or  black  [syn:  {saturated}]  [ant:  {unsaturated}] 
  4:  free  from  discordant  qualities 
  5:  concerned  with  theory  and  data  rather  than  practice;  opposed 
  to  applied;  "pure  science" 
  6:  used  of  persons  or  behaviors;  having  no  faults;  sinless;  "I 
  felt  pure  and  sweet  as  a  new  baby"-  Sylvia  Plath;  "pure  as 
  the  driven  snow"  [ant:  {impure}] 
  7:  in  a  state  of  sexual  virginity;  "pure  and  vestal  modesty"; 
  "a  spinster  or  virgin  lady";  "men  have  decreed  that  their 
  women  must  be  pure  and  virginal"  [syn:  {vestal},  {virgin}, 
  {virginal},  {virtuous}] 
  8:  not  mixed;  "pure  oxygen"  [syn:  {unmixed},  {undiluted}] 




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