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Pronunciation:  `defu'nishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  clarity of outline; "exercise had give his muscles superior definition"
  2. [n]  a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol

DEFINITION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 See Also: account, contextual definition, dictionary definition, distinctness, explanation, explicit definition, ostensive definition, recursive definition, redefinition, sharpness, stipulative definition



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Def`i*ni"tion\, n. [L. definitio: cf. F.
1. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a
   telescope accurate in definition.

2. Act of ascertaining and explaining the signification; a
   description of a thing by its properties; an explanation
   of the meaning of a word or term; as, the definition of
   ``circle;'' the definition of ``wit;'' an exact
   definition; a loose definition.

         Definition being nothing but making another
         understand by words what the term defined stands
         for.                                  --Locke.

3. Description; sort. [R.] ``A new creature of another
   definition.'' --Jer. Taylor.

4. (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which
   make up the logical essence.

5. (Opt.) Distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by
   an optical instrument; precision in detail.

Syn: {Definition}, {Explanation}, {Description}.

Usage: A definition is designed to settle a thing in its
       compass and extent; an explanation is intended to
       remove some obscurity or misunderstanding, and is
       therefore more extended and minute; a description
       enters into striking particulars with a view to
       interest or impress by graphic effect. It is not
       therefore true, though often said, that description is
       only an extended definition. ``Logicians distinguish
       definitions into essential and accidental. An
       essential definition states what are regarded as the
       constituent parts of the essence of that which is to
       be defined; and an accidental definition lays down
       what are regarded as circumstances belonging to it,
       viz., properties or accidents, such as causes,
       effects, etc.'' --Whately.

Video Dictionary
 Definition: The aggregate of fine details available on-screen. The higher the image definition, the greater the number of details that can be discerned. During video recording and subsequent playback, several factors can conspire to cause a loss of definition. Among these are the limited frequency response of magnetic tapes and signal losses associated with electronic circuitry employed in the recording process. These losses occur because fine details appear in the highest frequency region of a video signal and this portion is usually the first casualty of signal degradation. Each additional generation of a videotape results in fewer and fewer fine details as losses are accumulated.
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