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def-i-ni-tion: (de-f&-'ni-sh&n) noun, [etymology: middle english diffinicioun, from middle french definition, from latin definition-, definitio, from definire] 1 : an act of determining 2 a : a statement expressing the essential nature of something b : a statement of the meaning of a word or word group or a sign or symbol <dictionary definitions> c : a product of defining 3 : the action or process of defining 4 a : the action or the power of describing, explaining, or making definite and clear <the definition of a telescope> <her comic genius is beyond definition> b (1) : clarity of visual presentation : distinctness of outline or detail <improve the definition of an image> (2) : clarity especially of musical sound in reproduction c : sharp demarcation of outlines or limits <a jacket with distinct waist definition>