Meaning of PURE in English

— pureness , n.

/pyoor/ , adj., purer, purest .

1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.

2. unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.

3. of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog.

4. free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek.

5. clear; free from blemishes: pure skin.

6. (of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.

7. abstract or theoretical (opposed to applied ): pure science.

8. without any discordant quality; clear and true: pure tones in music.

9. absolute; utter; sheer: to sing for pure joy.

10. being that and nothing else; mere: a pure accident.

11. clean, spotless, or unsullied: pure hands.

12. untainted with evil; innocent: pure in heart.

13. physically chaste; virgin.

14. ceremonially or ritually clean.

15. free of or without guilt; guiltless.

16. independent of sense or experience: pure knowledge.

17. Biol. , Genetics.

a. homozygous.

b. containing only one characteristic for a trait.

18. Phonet. monophthongal.

[ 1250-1300; ME pur purus clean, unmixed, plain, pure ]

Syn. 1. unmixed, unadulterated, unalloyed, uncontaminated, untainted, unstained, undefiled, untarnished, immaculate, unpolluted, uncorrupted. See clean. 12. modest, virtuous, undefiled.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .