1. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.
My strength is made perfect in weakness. --2 Cor. xii. 9.
Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. --Shak.
I fear I am not in my perfect mind. --Shak.
O most entire perfect sacrifice! --Keble.
God made thee perfect, not immutable. --Milton.
2. Well informed; certain; sure.
I am perfect that the Pannonians are now in arms. --Shak.
3. Bot. Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of a flower.
Perfect cadence Mus., a complete and satisfactory close in the harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.
Perfect chord Mus., a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.
Perfect number Arith., a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See Abundant number, under Abundant. --Brande & C.
Perfect tense Gram., a tense which expresses an act or state completed; also called the perfective tense.
Syn: -- Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished.
Per·fect n. The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
Per·fect v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perfected; p. pr. & vb. n. Perfecting.] To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind.
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. --1 John iv. 12.
Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species. --Locke.
Perfecting press Print., a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one passage through the machine.
Syn: -- To finish; accomplish; complete; consummate.
adj 1: being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish; "a
perfect circle"; "a perfect reproduction"; "perfect
happiness"; "perfect manners"; "a perfect specimen";
"a perfect day" [ant: imperfect]
2: without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative)
intensifiers; "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a
consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross
negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a
sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing
villain"; "utter nonsense" [syn: arrant(a), complete(a),
consummate(a), double-dyed(a), everlasting(a), gross(a),
perfect(a), pure(a), sodding(a), stark(a), staring(a),
3: precisely accurate or exact; "perfect timing"
n : a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been
completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect) [syn:
perfective, perfective tense, perfect tense]
v : make perfect or complete; "perfect your French in Paris!"