2. [syn: defined, outlined]
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
1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end.
"To define controversies." --Barrow.
2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark
the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or
3. To determine with precision; to mark out with
distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly; as, the
defining power of an optical instrument.
Rings . . . very distinct and well defined. --Sir I.
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
They define virtue to be life ordered according to
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: clearly characterized or delimited; "lost in a maze of
words both defined and undefined"; "each child has
clearly defined duties" [ant: undefined, vague]
2: showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary; "hills
defined against the evening sky"; "the setting sun showed the
outlined figure of a man standing on the hill" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
83 Moby Thesaurus words for "defined":
absolute, certain, circumscribed, circumscript, clean-cut, clear,
clear as crystal, clear as day, clear-cut, coherent, concrete,
connected, consistent, conspicuous, crisp, crystal-clear,
crystalline, definite, delimited, demarcated, detailed,
determinate, determined, different, direct, distinct,
distinguished, encircled, esoteric, especial, evident, exceptional,
explicit, express, extraordinary, fixed, glaring, hedged about,
in focus, individual, inner, intimate, limpid, loud and clear,
lucid, luminous, minute, noteworthy, obvious, particular, patent,
pellucid, personal, perspicuous, plain, precise, private,
prominent, pronounced, respective, set, several, simple, singular,
solipsistic, special, specific, staring, stated, straightforward,
surrounded, translucent, transparent, transpicuous, unambiguous,
unconfused, unequivocal, univocal, unmistakable, well-defined,
well-marked, well-pronounced, well-resolved