In regard to Meaning, Nature, Essential Qualities, Extent, Boundaries, Outline, Form, Condition, Focus, etc.
To make definite . . . . Sharpness . . . . Clarity
R E F E R E N C E S
Define 1. to state or set forth the meaning of [a word, phrase, etc.]. 2. to explain the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions. 3. to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes. 4. to make clear the outline or form of: The roof of the barn was boldly defined against the sky. 5. to specify distinctly: to define one's responsibilities. [ME def(f)ine(en) < AF, OF defíner [to] put an end to < L défíníre to limit, explain . . . . ]
Definition. 1. the act of defining or making definite or clear. 2. the formal statement of the meaning or significance of a word, phrase, etc. 3. condition of being definite. 4. Optics. sharpness of the image formed by an optical system...
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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