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[ dih-fahynd ]


  1. determined, fixed, or clearly marked out as to extent, outline, or form:

    an itchy red rash with sharply defined edges.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of defined1

First recorded in 1720–30; define ( def ) + -ed 2( def )

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Example Sentences

In fact, according to F-35 program sources, the next software upgrades are not yet fully defined nor are they fully funded.

In February, Slovakia will have a referendum on whether marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman.

And no issue should be defined by its outliers because it paints a false picture.

Local life in these places is not defined by their sports team or by their natural beauty—by things only available locally.

Instead, local life is defined by cultural products that are more national or more global—think of the Sunday New York Times.

Cystin crystals are colorless, highly refractive, rather thick, hexagonal plates with well-defined edges.

The sides generally rather shallow, heads of exquisite form and well defined.

But she was neither sister nor mother as her elder daughter defined the words.

A plateau is defined as a high lowland; therefore, this section is higher in elevation than the Coastal Plain region.

These cannot be easily defined, they differ in each case; so each case stands by itself.