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{adj: acephalous} lacking a head or a clearly defined head
"acephalous worms"

{adj: chiseled, well-defined} having a clean and distinct outline as if precisely cut along the edges
"a finely chiseled nose"
"well-defined features"

{adj: clear-cut, distinct, trenchant} clearly or sharply defined to the mind
"clear-cut evidence of tampering"
"Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"
"trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"

{adj: crisp, sharp} (of something seen or heard) clearly defined
"a sharp photographic image"
"the sharp crack of a twig"
"the crisp snap of dry leaves underfoot"

{adj: definable} capable of being defined, limited, or explained
"definable terms"
"definable rules"

{adj: defined, formed, settled} clearly defined
"I have no formed opinion about the chances of success"

{adj: defined, outlined} showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary
"hills defined against the evening sky"
"the setting sun showed the outlined figure of a man standing on the hill"

{adj: defined} clearly characterized or delimited
"lost in a maze of words both defined and undefined"
"each child has clearly defined duties"
<-> undefined

{adj: definite} precise; explicit and clearly defined
"I want a definite answer"
"a definite statement of the terms of the will"
"a definite amount"
"definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol"
"the wedding date is now definite"
"a definite drop in attendance"
<-> indefinite

{adj: definitive, unequivocal} clearly defined or formulated
"the plain and unequivocal language of the laws"- R.B.Taney

{adj: determinate} precisely determined or limited or defined; especially fixed by rule or by a specific and constant cause
"a determinate distance"
"a determinate number"
"determinate variations in animals"
<-> indeterminate

{adj: extensional} defining a word by listing the class of entities to which the word correctly applies

{adj: ill-defined, unclear} poorly stated or described
"he confuses the reader with ill-defined terms and concepts"
<-> well-defined

{adj: indecisive} not clearly defined
"indecisive boundaries running through mountains"

{adj: indefinite} vague or not clearly defined or stated
"must you be so indefinite?"
"amorphous blots of color having vague and indefinite edges"
"he would not answer so indefinite a proposal"
<-> definite

{adj: indistinct} not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand
"indistinct shapes in the gloom"
"an indistinct memory"
"only indistinct notions of what to do"
<-> distinct

{adj: inside} relating to or being on the side closer to the center or within a defined space
"he reached into his inside jacket pocket"
"inside out"
"an inside pitch is between home plate and the batter"
<-> outside

{adj: limiting} strictly limiting the reference of a modified word or phrase
"the restrictive clause in `Each made a list of the books that had influenced him' limits the books on the list to only those particular ones defined by the clause"

{adj: low-resolution} of computer output devices; producing images that are not sharply defined
<-> high-resolution

{adj: principled} based on or manifesting objectively defined standards of rightness or morality
"principled pragmatism and unprincipled expediency"
"a principled person"
<-> unprincipled

{adj: representative} being or characteristic of government by representation in which citizens exercise power through elected officers and representatives
"representative government as defined by Abraham Lincoln is government of the people, by the people, for the people"

{adj: substantive, essential} defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
"substantive law"
<-> adjective

{adj: unambiguous} having or exhibiting a single clearly defined meaning
"As a horror, apartheid...is absolutely unambiguous"- Mario Vargas Llosa
<-> ambiguous

{adj: undefined, vague} not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
"an undefined term"
"undefined authority"
"some undefined sense of excitement"
"vague feelings of sadness"
"a vague uneasiness"
<-> defined

{adj: well-defined, clear} accurately stated or described
"a set of well-defined values"
<-> ill-defined

{adv: sharply, crisply} in a well delineated manner
"the new style of Minoan pottery was sharply defined"

{n: Calvin, John Calvin, Jean Cauvin, Jean Caulvin, Jean Chauvin} Swiss theologian (born in France) whose tenets (predestination and the irresistibility of grace and justification by faith) defined Presbyterianism (1509-1564)

{n: Celsius scale, international scale, centigrade scale} a temperature scale that defines the freezing point of water as 0 degrees and the boiling point of water as 100 degrees

{n: Chalcedon, Council of Chalcedon} the fourth ecumenical council in 451 which defined the two natures (human and divine) of Christ

{n: Constantinople, Third Council of Constantinople} the sixth ecumenical council in 680-681 which condemned Monothelitism by defining two wills in Christ, divine and human

{n: Fahrenheit scale} a temperature scale that defines the freezing point of water as 32 degrees and the boiling point of water a 212 degrees

{n: Kelvin scale, absolute scale} a temperature scale that defines absolute zero as 0 degrees; water freezes at 273.16 degrees and boils at 373.16 degrees

{n: Melkite, Melchite} an eastern Christian in Egypt or Syria who adheres to the Orthodox faith as defined by the council of Chalcedon in 451 and as accepted by the Byzantine emperor

{n: administrative district, administrative division, territorial division} a district defined for administrative purposes

{n: age, eld} a time in life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises
"she was now of school age"
"tall for his eld"

{n: airstream} a relatively well-defined prevailing wind

{n: amorphous shape} an ill-defined or arbitrary shape

{n: analytic geometry, analytical geometry, coordinate geometry} the use of algebra to study geometric properties; operates on symbols defined in a coordinate system

{n: anomaly} (astronomy) position of a planet as defined by its angular distance from its perihelion (as observed from the sun)

{n: anxiety} a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

{n: bimetallism} a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by stated amounts of two metals (usually gold and silver) with values set at a predetermined ratio

{n: block} (computer science) a sector or group of sectors that function as the smallest data unit permitted
"since blocks are often defined as a single sector, the terms `block' and `sector' are sometimes used interchangeably"

{n: bracket} a category falling within certain defined limits

{n: calendar} a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year

{n: calorie, gram calorie, small calorie} unit of heat defined as the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree centigrade at atmospheric pressure

{n: choropleth map} a map that uses graded differences in shading or color or the placing of symbols inside defined areas on the map in order to indicate the average values of some property or quantity in those areas

{n: contour} a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure
"the contours of the melody"
"it defines a major contour of this administration"

{n: crud} an ill-defined bodily ailment
"he said he had the crud and needed a doctor"

{n: domain} the set of values of the independent variable for which a function is defined

{n: explicit definition} a definition that gives an exact equivalent of the term defined

{n: fair ball} (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it stays between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
<-> foul ball

{n: fantods} an ill-defined state of irritability and distress

{n: foul ball} (baseball) a ball struck with the bat so that it does not stay between the lines (the foul lines) that define the width of the playing field
<-> fair ball

{n: generally accepted accounting practices, GAAP} a collection of rules and procedures and conventions that define accepted accounting practice; includes broad guidelines as well as detailed procedures

{n: geodesic, geodesic line} (mathematics) the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface (as a straight line on a plane or an arc of a great circle on a sphere)

{n: gold standard} a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of gold

{n: handsomeness, good looks} the quality of having regular well-defined features (especially of a man)

{n: haziness} vagueness attributable to being not clearly defined

{n: hill} a local and well-defined elevation of the land
"they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"

{n: hyperfocal distance} the distance in front of a lens that is focused at infinity beyond which all objects are well defined and clear

{n: indefiniteness, indeterminateness, indefinity, indetermination, indeterminacy} the quality of being vague and poorly defined

{n: lane} a well-defined track or path; for e.g. swimmers or lines of traffic

{n: legal status} a status defined by law

{n: line} a spatial location defined by a real or imaginary unidimensional extent

{n: metric capacity unit} a capacity unit defined in metric terms

{n: nationality} people having common origins or traditions and often comprising a nation
"immigrants of the same nationality often seek each other out"
"such images define their sense of nationality"

{n: normality, normalcy} being within certain limits that define the range of normal functioning
<-> abnormality

{n: organic chemistry} the chemistry of compounds containing carbon (originally defined as the chemistry of substances produced by living organisms but now extended to substances synthesized artificially)

{n: ostensive definition} a definition that points out or exhibits instances of the term defined

{n: parameter} any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance

{n: parochialism} a limitation of views or interests like that defined by a local parish

{n: peg, pin} small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

{n: pleasure, pleasance} a fundamental feeling that is hard to define but that people desire to experience
"he was tingling with pleasure"
<-> pain

{n: point} a geometric element that has position but no extension
"a point is defined by its coordinates"

{n: poverty line, poverty level} a level of personal income defining the state of poverty

{n: pretrial, pretrial conference} (law) a conference held before the trial begins to bring the parties together to outline discovery proceedings and to define the issues to be tried; more useful in civil than in criminal cases

{n: quality, character, lineament} a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
"each town has a quality all its own"
"the radical character of our demands"

{n: regionalism} a foreign policy that defines the international interests of a country in terms of particular geographic areas

{n: rule} any one of a systematic body of regulations defining the way of life of members of a religious order
"the rule of St. Dominic"

{n: rule} directions that define the way a game or sport is to be conducted
"he knew the rules of chess"

{n: safety} the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions
"insure the safety of the children"
"the reciprocal of safety is risk"
<-> danger

{n: sexual assault, sexual abuse, sex crime, sex offense} a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
"most states have replaced the common law definition of rape with statutes defining sexual assault"

{n: shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation} any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
"he could barely make out their shapes"

{n: shaping, defining} any process serving to define the shape of something

{n: silver standard} a monetary standard under which the basic unit of currency is defined by a stated quantity of silver

{n: simple phobia} any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli

{n: slalom} a downhill race over a winding course defined by upright poles

{n: speed of light, light speed, c} the speed at which light travels in a vacuum; the constancy and universality of the speed of light is recognized by defining it to be exactly 299,792,458 meters per second

{n: structuralism, structural linguistics} linguistics defined as the analysis of formal structures in a text or discourse

{n: terrestrial time, TT, terrestrial dynamical time, TDT, ephemeris time} (astronomy) a measure of time defined by Earth's orbital motion; terrestrial time is mean solar time corrected for the irregularities of the Earth's motions

{n: territoriality} the behavior of a male animal that defines and defends its territory

{n: traffic lane} a lane of a main road that is defined by painted lines
"that car is in the wrong traffic lane"

{n: type} (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon

{n: urtication, urticaria, hives, nettle rash} an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs

{n: weekend} a time period usually extending from Friday night through Sunday; more loosely defined as any period of successive days including one and only one Sunday

{n: yard, pace} a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

{v: define, delineate} delineate the form or outline of
"The tree was clearly defined by the light"
"The camera could define the smallest object"

{v: define} determine the nature of
"What defines a good wine?"

{v: define} give a definition for the meaning of a word
"Define `sadness'"

{v: explain} define
"The committe explained their plan for fund-raising to the Dean"

{v: pin down, narrow down} define clearly
"Can you pin down the difficulties"

{v: pin down, peg down, nail down, narrow down, narrow, specify} define clearly
"I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"

{v: specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate} determine the essential quality of

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