de·fined /dɪˈfaɪnd/ 形容詞
De·fine v. t. [imp. & p. p. Defined p. pr. & vb. n. Defining.]
1. To fix the bounds of; to bring to a termination; to end. “To define controversies.”
2. To determine or clearly exhibit the boundaries of; to mark the limits of; as, to define the extent of a kingdom or country.
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. Newton.
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 scientific term.
They define virtue to be life ordered according to nature. --Robynson (More's Utopia).
adj 1: clearly characterized or delimited; "lost in a maze of words
both defined and undefined"; "each child has clearly
defined duties" [ant: undefined]
2: showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary; "hills
defined against the evening sky"; "the setting sun showed
the outlined figure of a man standing on the hill" [syn: outlined]
3: clearly defined; "I have no formed opinion about the chances
of success" [syn: formed, settled]