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Webster 1913 Edition


Definite

Def′i-nite

,
Adj.
[L.
definitis
, p. p. of
definire
: cf. F.
défini
. See
Define
.]
1.
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.
Whewell.
2.
Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear;
as, a
definite
word, term, or expression
.
3.
Determined; resolved.
[Obs.]
Shak.
4.
Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining;
as, the
definite
article
.
Definite article
(Gram.)
,
the article the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing, or a particular class of persons or things; – also called a definitive. See
Definitive
,
Noun.
- -
Definite inflorescence
.
(Bot.)
See
Determinate inflorescence
, under
Determinate
.
Law of definite proportions
(Chem.)
,
the essential law of chemical combination that every definite compound always contains the same elements in the same proportions by weight; and, if two or more elements form more than one compound with each other, the relative proportions of each are fixed. Compare Law of multiple proportions, under
Multiple
.

Def′i-nite

,
Noun.
A thing defined or determined.
[Obs.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Definite

DEFINITE

, a.
1.
Having certain limits; bounded with precision; determinate; as a definite extent of land; definite dimensions; definite measure.
2.
Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; as a definite word, term or expression.
3.
Fixed; determinate; exact; precise; as a definite time or period.
4.
Defining; limiting; determining the extent; as a definite word.

DEFINITE

,
Noun.
Thing defined.

Definition 2022


definite

definite

English

Adjective

definite (comparative more definite, superlative most definite)

  1. Having distinct limits.
    definite dimensions; a definite measure; a definite period or interval
    • Whewell
      Elements combine in definite proportions.
  2. Free from any doubt.
    definite knowledge
  3. Determined; resolved.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  4. (linguistics) Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing, or group of persons or things
    the definite article

Antonyms

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Translations

Noun

definite (plural definites)

  1. (obsolete) Anything that is defined or determined.

Italian

Verb

definite

  1. Second-person plural indicative present form of definire.
  2. Second-person plural imperative present form of definire.

Adjective

definite

  1. Feminine plural of definito.

Latin

Verb

dēfīnīte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of dēfīniō

References

  • definite in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers