# Define vs. Definition

By Jaxson

• Define

A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term (a word, phrase, or other set of symbols). Definitions can be classified into two large categories, intensional definitions (which try to give the essence of a term) and extensional definitions (which proceed by listing the objects that a term describes). Another important category of definitions is the class of ostensive definitions, which convey the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. A term may have many different senses and multiple meanings, and thus require multiple definitions.In mathematics, a definition is used to give a precise meaning to a new term, instead of describing a pre-existing term. Definitions and axioms are the basis on which all of modern mathematics is constructed.

• Definition

A definition is a statement of the meaning of a term (a word, phrase, or other set of symbols). Definitions can be classified into two large categories, intensional definitions (which try to give the essence of a term) and extensional definitions (which proceed by listing the objects that a term describes). Another important category of definitions is the class of ostensive definitions, which convey the meaning of a term by pointing out examples. A term may have many different senses and multiple meanings, and thus require multiple definitions.In mathematics, a definition is used to give a precise meaning to a new term, instead of describing a pre-existing term. Definitions and axioms are the basis on which all of modern mathematics is constructed.

Wikipedia
• Define (verb)

To determine with precision; to mark out with distinctness; to ascertain or exhibit clearly.

“the defining power of an optical instrument”

• Define (verb)

To settle, decide an argument etc. 16th-17th c.

• Define (verb)

To express the essential nature of something.

“I define myself as a techno-anarchist.”

• Define (verb)

To state the meaning of a word, phrase, sign, or symbol.

“The textbook defined speed as velocity divided by time.”

• Define (verb)

To describe, explain, or make definite and clear.

• Define (verb)

To demark sharply the outlines or limits of an area or concept.

“to define the legal boundaries of a property”

• Define (verb)

To establish the referent of a term or notation.

• Define (noun)

A kind of macro in source code that replaces one text string with another wherever it occurs.

• Definition (noun)

A statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol (dictionary definitions).

• Definition (noun)

A statement expressing the essential nature of something; formulation

• Definition (noun)

The action or process of defining.

• Definition (noun)

The act of defining; determination of the limits.

• Definition (noun)

A product of defining.

• Definition (noun)

The action or power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear.

“Her comic genius is beyond definition.”

• Definition (noun)

Clarity of visual presentation, distinctness of outline or detail.

“The definition of a telescope.”

“Improve the definition of an image.”

• Definition (noun)

Clarity, especially of musical sound in reproduction.

• Definition (noun)

Sharp demarcation of outlines or limits.

“A jacket with distinct waist definition.”

• Definition (noun)

The degree to which individual muscles are distinct on the body.

• Definition (noun)

A statement which provides a previous declaration with a value or body of a subroutine (in the case of function).

• Definition (noun)

A statement that establishes the referent of a term or notation.

Wiktionary
• Define (verb)

state or describe exactly the nature, scope, or meaning of

“the contract will seek to define the client’s obligations”

• Define (verb)

give the meaning of (a word or phrase), especially in a dictionary

“the dictionary defines it as ‘a type of pasture’”

• Define (verb)

make up or establish the character or essence of

“for some, the football club defines their identity”

• Define (verb)

mark out the boundary or limits of

“the river defines the park’s boundary”

• Define (verb)

make clear the outline of; delineate

“she defined her eyes by applying eyeshadow to her eyelids”

• Definition (noun)

a statement of the exact meaning of a word, especially in a dictionary

“a dictionary definition of the verb”

• Definition (noun)

an exact statement or description of the nature, scope, or meaning of something

“our definition of what constitutes poetry”

• Definition (noun)

the action or process of defining something

“a question of definition”

“issues of methodology and definition”

• Definition (noun)

the degree of distinctness in outline of an object, image, or sound

“the clarity and definition of pictures can be aided by using computer graphics”

• Definition (noun)

the capacity of a device to make images distinct in outline

“we’ve been pleased with the definition of this TV”

Oxford Dictionary