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de·fine

 (dĭ-fīn′)
v. de·fined, de·fin·ing, de·fines
v.tr.
1.
a. To state the precise meaning of (a word or sense of a word, for example).
b. To describe the nature or basic qualities of; explain: define the properties of a new drug; a study that defines people according to their median incomes.
2.
a. To make clear the outline or form of; delineate: gentle hills that were defined against the sky.
b. To specify distinctly: define the weapons to be used in limited warfare.
3. To give form or meaning to: "For him, a life is defined by action" (Jay Parini).
v.intr.
To make or write a definition.

[Middle English definen, diffinen, from Old French definir, diffiner, from Latin dēfīnīre, to limit, determine : dē-, intensive pref.; see de- + fīnis, boundary, limit.]

de·fin′a·bil′i·ty n.
de·fin′a·ble adj.
de·fin′a·bly adv.
de·fine′ment n.
de·fin′er n.

de•fin•ing

(dɪˈfaɪ nɪŋ)
adj.
decisive; critically important: Taking a course in architecture was a defining turn in her life.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defining - any process serving to define the shape of somethingdefining - any process serving to define the shape of something
physical process, process - a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states; "events now in process"; "the process of calcification begins later for boys than for girls"
References in classic literature ?
Thus classification by perspectives is relevant to psychology, and is essential in defining what we mean by one mind.
I do not wish to suggest that the way in which I have been defining perceptions is the only possible way, or even the best way.
For military science to say this is like defining momentum in mechanics by reference to the mass only: stating that momenta are equal or unequal to each other simply because the masses involved are equal or unequal.
For the sake of certainty and uniformity, therefore, the power of defining felonies in this case was in every respect necessary and proper.
Indeed, it seems that in defining contraries of every kind men have recourse to a spatial metaphor, for they say that those things are contraries which, within the same class, are separated by the greatest possible distance.
Defining literary movements has always been a shifty business.
The Clinton administration began to offer states incentives to save money by replacing the defined healthcare benefit with a defined amount of money, with flexibility in defining benefits--the so-called Medicaid waivers.
The classic "97-pound weakling" might become significantly stronger but, when defining success for him, the strength gains must be measured against his own previous lifting abilities.