Etymology
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definition (n.)

late 14c., diffinicioun, definicion, "decision, setting of boundaries, determination and stating of the limits and distinctive nature of a thing," also "limitations," also "a statement of the meaning of a word or phrase," from Old French definicion, from Latin definitionem (nominative definitio) "a bounding, a boundary; a limiting, prescribing; a definition, explanation," the last sense most often in Cicero, noun of action from past-participle stem of definire "to limit, determine, explain," from de "completely" (see de-) + finire "to bound, limit," from finis "boundary, end" (see finish (v.)). In logic, meaning "act of stating what something means" is from 1640s. Meaning "degree of distinctness of the details in a picture" is from 1889.

Origin and meaning of definition

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of definition from WordNet

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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