Meaning of DEFINITION in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌde-fə-ˈni-shən ]


Etymology: Middle English diffinicioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin definition-, definitio, from definire

Date: 14th century

1. : an act of determining ; specifically : the formal proclamation of a Roman Catholic dogma


a. : a statement expressing the essential nature of something

b. : a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol

dictionary definition s

c. : a product of defining

3. : the action or process of defining


a. : the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear

the definition of a telescope

her comic genius is beyond definition


(1) : clarity of visual presentation : distinctness of outline or detail

improve the definition of an image

(2) : clarity especially of musical sound in reproduction

c. : sharp demarcation of outlines or limits

a jacket with distinct waist definition

• def·i·ni·tion·al -ˈni-shə-n ə l adjective

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.