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

n 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.

n 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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