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definition (n.)

14世纪晚期, diffinicioun, definicion ,"决定、规定界限,确定和说明一个事物的界限和独特性质",也是"限制",也是"对一个词或短语的意义的说明",来自古法语 definicion ,来自拉丁语 definitionem (名词 definitio )"一个界限,一个界线。a limiting, prescribing; a definition, explanation",最后一种意义在西塞罗中最常见,行动名词来自过去分词干 definire "限制、确定、解释",来自 de "完全"(见 de- )+ finire "束缚、限制",来自 finis "界限、结束"(见 finish (v.)).在逻辑学中,意为"说明某事的意思的行为",来自1640年代。意为"画面中细节的鲜明程度",来自1889年。

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definition (n.)
a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol;
definition (n.)
clarity of outline;
exercise had given his muscles superior definition
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