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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj definite known for certain "it is definite that they have won"
    • adj definite precise; explicit and clearly defined "I want a definite answer","a definite statement of the terms of the will","a definite amount","definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol","the wedding date is now definite","a definite drop in attendance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For five years, Webster's dictionary contained a definition of the word dord, a word that has never actually existed.
    • n Definite A thing defined or determined.
    • Definite Determined; resolved.
    • Definite Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a definite word, term, or expression.
    • Definite Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval. "Elements combine in definite proportions."
    • Definite Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining; as, the definite article.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Of all the words in the English language, the word "set" has the most definitions.
    • definite Having fixed limits; bounded with precision; determinate: as, definite dimensions; definite measure.
    • definite Expressly or precisely prescribed, fixed, or established.
    • definite Having clear limits in signification; determinate; certain precise: as, a definite word, term, or expression.
    • definite Fixed; determinate; exact.
    • definite In grammar, defining; limiting: applied to the article the and its correspondents in other languages.
    • definite In botany: Of a constant number, not exceeding twenty: as, stamens definite.
    • definite Limited in development: as, a definite inflorescence. See centrifugal inflorescence, under centrifugal.
    • n definite A thing defined.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The fuzz on a tennis ball is intentionally included as a way to give the ball some definite action when it hits the court. It also slows the flight of the ball through the air.
    • adj Definite defined: having distinct limits: fixed: exact: clear
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  • James Thurber
    “With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and definite hardening of the paragraphs.”
  • P. J. Plauger
    P. J. Plauger
    “My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to be scared.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “The words which express our faith and piety are not definite; yet they are significant and fragrant like frankincense to superior natures.”
  • Julie Burchill
    “A good part -- and definitely the most fun part -- of being a feminist is about frightening men.”
  • Albert Camus
    “By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. definitis, p. p. of definire,: cf. F. défini,. See Define
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. definīre, -ītum, to set bounds to—de, finis, a limit.


In literature:

In a survey of thirty-six consecutive cases of definite stupor, literal death ideas were found in all but one case.
"Benign Stupors" by August Hoch
As it was, it had no definite shape.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
This lack of any definite information has had a disintegrating effect upon the public morale.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
What is the use, then, of Professor Perry's definition of realism, since it remains open to so many exceptions?
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
But now to him these needs had suddenly taken definite form.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
There it was in the park that for the first time I pitted myself against life upon a definite issue, and prepared my first experience of defeat.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
Lefferts has definite paranoid tendencies, he says.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
It is not the expression of more or less definite ideas, such as we find in prose and poetry.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Art provides definite plans how to operate.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
In fact, we want a definition of the word "art" much more accurate than any in our minds at present.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
And in his chapter on romance the critic does not even attempt to formulate a definition.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
We did not even possess a definite idea as to where we wanted to go!
"Gold" by Stewart White
But the truth is, that general names are marks put, not upon definite objects, but upon collections of objects ever fluctuating.
"Analysis of Mr. Mill's System of Logic" by William Stebbing
He had a manner of speaking that was definite without being annoying.
"The Come Back" by Carolyn Wells
Nothing is more conducive towards giving these sharp and definite impressions than the use of visible illustrations.
"In the School-Room" by John S. Hart
Benjamin says he has no definite information.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
In form it is much more definite, usually thick, well-rounded and with some solidity.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
Certainly this could not be George Morton, yesterday definitely divided from what Old Planter had described as human beings.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
When ultimately he set up his studio here in Hampstead, he had his policy definitely before him.
"An Engagement of Convenience" by Louis Zangwill

In poetry:

He speaks of my extended fame,
My wit, charm, definitions,
And is diligent to serve me,
Is detailed in his provisions.
"Translations And Adaptations From Heine" by Ezra Pound
LESBIA. Before we reach the place,
Whither you wish to lead us, for a space
Let us say why we came
To see you here to-day: a definite aim
All of us here has brought.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
niched shards of solitude
embedded in these brownstone
walkups such that the Hudson
at the foot of Twelfth Street
might be a thing that's done with mirrors: definition
"A Catalpa Tree On West Twelfth Street" by Amy Clampitt
Could not that wisdome, which first broacht the wine,
Have thicken'd it with definitions?
And jagg'd his seamlesse coat, had that been fine,
With curious questions and divisions?
"Divinitie" by George Herbert
Cried he: 'That quinine that you bought,
(Since all may errors make),
I find was definitely not,—
I sold you strychnine by mistake.
Two shillings is its price, and so
Another bob you owe.'
"Distracted Druggist" by Robert W Service
One should not break one's self too fast
Of little habits of this sort,
Which may be definitely classed
With gambling or a taste for port;
they should be slowlydropped, until
The Heart is subject to the Will.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham

In news:

Jennifer Lopez was definitely queen of the jungle, dominating the red carpet in a super sexy Roberto Cavalli gown.
Biopsy of CNS tissue showing vasculitis is the only definitive test.
A-Rod celebrated his breakup from Kate Hudson by partying away his weekend in Miami at the W and the Fontainebleau, announcing to a slew of ladies, "I'm definitely single".
The extra practice definitely paid off Tuesday night and that may just by the start.
It is not covered by a narrow definition and does not offer a "silver bullet"-type solution because it is essentially a reaction to a variety of issues.
6 New Superfoods You Definitely Haven't Tried Before.
It's typically a point of pride when a restaurant names an item after a celebrity, but that's definitely not the case for a new Aaron Rodgers-inspired sandwich.
The inventory of available homes for sale in East Orlando is definitely down from 2010, which is a good thing for sellers.
New definitions of line post and corner post in Section 3 of the standard.
A pudding cake is a definitively American, decidedly homey dessert, in which a cake batter is topped with some sort of syrup and then baked.
Understanding Lust There is a fundamental problem with using the term "desire" or "sexual desire" as the starting point when developing a suitable, practical definition of lust.
I definitely have many Christmases ahead, but I have already noticed a change of how I view Christmas from even 10 to 15 years ago.
Comedy by Generous Definition Only Directed by: Mark Helfrich Starring: Dane Cook, Jessica Alba, Dan Fogler, Ellia English, Lonny Ross.
Smoking was definitely bad for this rapist.
Announced from the Farnborough International Air Show that they signed a definitive agreement for 60 PurePower PW1100G engines for CIT 's order of Airbus A320neo family aircraft.

In science:

Let θe(p) be the probability that an edge e belongs to the infinite cluster (clearly the definition does not depend on the specific edge e).
On the mixing time of simple random walk on the super critical percolation cluster
Secondly, the high-frequency or shortwavelength approximation allowed a locally averaged definition of gravitational wave, as formulated by Isaacson after initial ideas of Wheeler [4,5].
Gravitational radiation, energy and reaction on quasi-spherical black holes
The characteristic virial temperature of an NFW halo can be found directly from the condition for hydrostatic equilibrium, T ∼ (µmp /k)GMvir /rvir ∝ r2 vir since by definition the mean density within the virial radius is always ∆c ρc .
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
As shown in Ref., the localized eigenvectors in the kernel live on definite structures that can be drawn on the random graph.
Core percolation in random graphs: a critical phenomena analysis
Note that the definition of information velocity only requires zero dispersion over the range of interest.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
I speak of a “threshold” in reference to the possibility of definitive change in the discourse.
National Information Infrastructure Development in Canada and the U.S.: Redefining Universal Service and Universal Access in the Age of Techno-Economic Convergence
Definition 1.1 Let C be a semisimple spherical tensor category with simple unit and let Γ be the set of isomorphism classes of simple objects.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Definition 3.1 Let C be a strict monoidal category and let X ∈ C . A half braiding eX for X is a family {eX (Y ) ∈ HomC (X Y, Y X ), Y ∈ C } of morphisms satisfying (i) Naturality w.r.t. the argument in brackets, i.e.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Elementary properties of the quantum double Definition 3.4 The center Z1 (C ) of a strict monoidal category C has as objects pairs (X, eX ), where X ∈ C and eX is a half braiding.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Definition 6.1 Let C be a tensor ∗-category.
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Definition 7.2 Two subcategories A, B of a braided tensor category are said to commute iff c(X, Y ) ◦ c(Y, X ) = idY X for al l X ∈ A, Y ∈ B .
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Structural relations between documents are specific to the model, but may be easily extracted from the underlying XML type definition.
Media Objects in Time - A Multimedia Streaming System
PP, and every “PP-provable” proposition is, by definition, “formally true” in IA.
Paradox regained: Life beyond Goedel's shadow
In random graphs C = α/N, since there is per definition no correlation between edges.
Random Geometric Graphs
These two sources of failure are not separated in the definition of STO PTD.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies