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- having distinct limits
- free from any doubt
- designation of identified or immediately identifiable person or thing
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Def"i*nite (?), a. [L.
definitis, p. p. of definire: cf. F.
défini. See Define.] 1.
Having certain or distinct; determinate in extent or greatness;
limited; fixed; as, definite dimensions; a definite
measure; a definite period or interval.
Elements combine in definite
2. Having certain limits in signification;
determinate; certain; precise; fixed; exact; clear; as, a
definite word, term, or expression.
3. Determined; resolved. [Obs.]
4. Serving to define or restrict; limiting;
determining; as, the definite article.
Definite article (Gram.), the article
the, which is used to designate a particular person or thing,
or a particular class of persons or things; -- also called a
definitive. See Definitive, n. -
- Definite inflorescence. (Bot.) See
Determinate inflorescence, under Determinate. --
Law of definite proportions (Chem.), the
essential law of chemical combination that every definite compound
always contains the same elements in the same proportions by weight;
and, if two or more elements form more than one compound with each
other, the relative proportions of each are fixed. Compare Law of
multiple proportions, under Multiple.
Def"i*nite, n. A thing defined or
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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