Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Very Definition

def·i·ni·tion (děf'ə-nĭsh'ən)

1. A statement conveying fundamental character.
2. A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry.
3. The act of making clear and distinct: a definition of one's intentions.
4. The state of being closely outlined or determined: "With the drizzle, the trees in the little clearing had lost definition" (Anthony Hyde).
5. A determination of outline, extent, or limits: the definition of a President's authority.
6. The clarity of detail in an optically produced image, such as a photograph, effected by a combination of resolution and contrast.
7. The degree of clarity with which a televised image or broadcast signal is received.

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