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1. WordNet® 3.0 (2006)
    n 1: a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or
    2: clarity of outline; "exercise had given his muscles superior

2. The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48
Definition \Def`i*ni"tion\, n. [L. definitio: cf. F.
   1. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a
      telescope accurate in definition.
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   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.
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            Definition being nothing but making another
            understand by words what the term defined stands
            for.                                  --Locke.
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   3. Description; sort. [R.] "A new creature of another
      definition." --Jer. Taylor.
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   4. (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which
      make up the logical essence.
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   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.
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Thesaurus Results for Definition:

1. Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
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