from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having distinct limits: definite restrictions on the sale of alcohol.
- adj. Indisputable; certain: a definite victory.
- adj. Clearly defined; explicitly precise: a definite statement of the terms of the will. See Synonyms at explicit.
- adj. Grammar Limiting or particularizing.
- adj. Botany Of a specified number not exceeding 20, as certain floral organs, especially stamens.
- adj. Botany Cymose; determinate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having distinct limits.
- adj. Free from any doubt.
- adj. Designating an identified or immediately identifiable person or thing.
- n. Anything that is defined or determined.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness; limited; fixed
- adj. Having certain limits in signification; determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear.
- adj. Determined; resolved.
- adj. Serving to define or restrict; limiting; determining.
- n. A thing defined or determined.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having fixed limits; bounded with precision; determinate: as, definite dimensions; definite measure.
- Expressly or precisely prescribed, fixed, or established.
- Having clear limits in signification; determinate; certain precise: as, a definite word, term, or expression.
- Fixed; determinate; exact.
- In grammar, defining; limiting: applied to the article the and its correspondents in other languages.
- In botany: Of a constant number, not exceeding twenty: as, stamens definite.
- Limited in development: as, a definite inflorescence. See centrifugal inflorescence, under centrifugal.
- n. A thing defined.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. precise; explicit and clearly defined
- adj. known for certain
Middle English diffinite, defined, from Latin dēfīnītus, past participle of dēfīnīre, to define; see define.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)