1. [syn: shaping, defining]
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):
n 1: any process serving to define the shape of something [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "defining":
categorical, characteristic, classificational, classificatory,
confining, definitive, denominative, differential, distinctive,
divisional, divisionary, exclusive, limitary, limitative, limiting,
ordinal, particular, peculiar, restricting, restrictive, special,
specific, subdivisional, taxonomic, typal, typical