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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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).

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : any process serving to define the shape of something [syn: shaping]