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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
define
    v 1: determine the essential quality of [syn: specify,
         define, delineate, delimit, delimitate]
    2: give a definition for the meaning of a word; "Define
       `sadness'"
    3: determine the nature of; "What defines a good wine?"
    4: show the form or outline of; "The tree was clearly defined by
       the light"; "The camera could define the smallest object"
       [syn: define, delineate]
    5: decide upon or fix definitely; "fix the variables"; "specify
       the parameters" [syn: specify, set, determine,
       define, fix, limit]

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Define \De*fine"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defined; p. pr. & vb.
   n. Defining.] [OE. definer, usually, to end, to finish, F.
   d['e]finir to define, L. definire to limit, define; de- +
   finire to limit, end, finis boundary, limit, end. See
   Final, Finish.]
   1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.
      "To define controversies." --Barrow.
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   2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark
      the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or
      country.
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   3. To determine with precision; to mark out with
      distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the
      defining power of an optical instrument.
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            Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I.
                                                  Newton.
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   4. To determine the precise signification of; to fix the
      meaning of; to describe accurately; to explain; to expound
      or interpret; as, to define a word, a phrase, or a
      scientific term.
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            They define virtue to be life ordered according to
            nature.                               --Robynson
                                                  (More's
                                                  Utopia).
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3. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Define \De*fine"\, v. i.
   To determine; to decide. [Obs.]
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Thesaurus Results for Define:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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