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 for Definition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Definition \Def`i*ni"tion\, n. [L. definitio: cf. F.
     d['e]finition.]
     1. The act of defining; determination of the limits; as, a
        telescope accurate in definition.
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     2. Act of ascertaining and explaining the signification; a
        description of a thing by its properties; an explanation
        of the meaning of a word or term; as, the definition of
        "circle;" the definition of "wit;" an exact definition; a
        loose definition.
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              Definition being nothing but making another
              understand by words what the term defined stands
              for.                                  --Locke.
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     3. Description; sort. [R.] "A new creature of another
        definition." --Jer. Taylor.
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     4. (Logic) An exact enunciation of the constituents which
        make up the logical essence.
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     5. (Opt.) Distinctness or clearness, as of an image formed by
        an optical instrument; precision in detail.
  
     Syn: Definition, Explanation, Description.
  
     Usage: A definition is designed to settle a thing in its
            compass and extent; an explanation is intended to
            remove some obscurity or misunderstanding, and is
            therefore more extended and minute; a description
            enters into striking particulars with a view to
            interest or impress by graphic effect. It is not
            therefore true, though often said, that description is
            only an extended definition. "Logicians distinguish
            definitions into essential and accidental. An
            essential definition states what are regarded as the
            constituent parts of the essence of that which is to
            be defined; and an accidental definition lays down
            what are regarded as circumstances belonging to it,
            viz., properties or accidents, such as causes,
            effects, etc." --Whately.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  definition
      n 1: a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase or
           symbol
      2: clarity of outline; "exercise had given his muscles superior
         definition"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  110 Moby Thesaurus words for "definition":
     acutance, appellation, atmospheric visibility, baptism, black spot,
     bloom, blooping, bounding, calling, ceiling, ceiling unlimited,
     characterization, christening, circling-in, circumscribing,
     circumscription, clarification, clarity, clear-cutness, clearness,
     coherence, connectedness, consistency, conspicuity,
     conspicuousness, construction, crystal-clearness, crystallinity,
     definiteness, delimitation, delineation, demarcation, denomination,
     description, designation, determination, diagnosis,
     differentiation, directness, distinction, distinctness, encincture,
     evidence, evidentness, explanation, explication, explicitness,
     flare, focus, fringe area, ghost, granulation, grid, hard shadow,
     high visibility, identification, image, inclusion-exclusion,
     interpretation, limpidity, low visibility, lucidity, manifestness,
     meaning, multiple image, naming, nicknaming, noise, obviousness,
     outlining, patentness, pellucidity, percipi, perspicuity, picture,
     picture noise, picture shifts, plain English, plain speech,
     plain style, plainness, precision, prominence, rain, reading,
     resolution, rolling, scanning pattern, scintillation, seeing,
     sense, shading, sharpness, simplicity, snow, snowstorm,
     specification, straightforwardness, structure, styling, terming,
     transparency, transpicuity, unadorned style, unambiguousness,
     unequivocalness, unmistakableness, visibility unlimited,
     visibility zero, way of seeing
  
  

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