- to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”
- to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions.
- to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly: to define one's responsibilities.
- to determine or fix the boundaries or extent of: to define property with stakes.
- to make clear the outline or form of: The roof was boldly defined against the sky.
- to set forth the meaning of a word, phrase, etc.; construct a definition.
Origin of define
Examples from the Web for definable
Historical Examples of definable
It followed that the function of government was limited and definable.Liberalism
L. T. Hobhouse
They have no definable "time-shape," as Mr. Fisher might put it.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays
It might have been called music, but there was no definable melody or beat.Adolescents Only
Irving E. Cox
A religious creed is definable as a theory of original causation.The Hearts of Men
There must be a definable Right or Wrong upon all these issues.The Salvaging Of Civilisation
H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
- to state precisely the meaning of (words, terms, etc)
- to describe the nature, properties, or essential qualities of
- to determine the boundary or extent of
- (often passive) to delineate the form or outline ofthe shape of the tree was clearly defined by the light behind it
- to fix with precision; specify