A good definition explains concisely what something means. Dictionaries include definitions, even for the word definition!

A definition precisely explains the fundamental state or meaning of something, often given formally as by lexicographers writing a dictionary or legislators writing laws. It can also refer to a sharply detailed image or concept — like how clear the picture is on a high-definition TV or how cut a Calvin Klein model's abs are.

Definitions of definition
  1. noun
    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or symbol
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    contextual definition
    a definition in which the term is used by embedding it in a larger expression containing its explanation
    dictionary definition
    a definition that reports the standard uses of a word or phrase or symbol
    explicit definition
    a definition that gives an exact equivalent of the term defined
    ostensive definition
    a definition that points out or exhibits instances of the term defined
    recursive definition
    (mathematics) a definition of a function from which values of the function can be calculated in a finite number of steps
    the act of giving a new definition
    stipulative definition
    a definition that is stipulated by someone and that is not a standard usage
    type of:
    account, explanation
    a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.
  2. noun
    clarity of outline
    “exercise had given his muscles superior definition
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    distinctness, sharpness
    the quality of being sharp and clear
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