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General Crossword Questions for “definition”

  • Of which solvers should be notified in cryptic?
  • The sharpness of crossword clues
  • In contrast, Eton, I find, I neglected


  • By contrast, a dictionary definition has additional details, typically including an etymology showing snapshots of the earlier meanings and the parent language. Like other words, the term definition has subtly different meanings in different contexts. — “Definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • This definition is valid because, for all n, the recursion eventually reaches the base The definition may also be thought of as giving a procedure. — “Recursive definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,
  • Usually definitions are stated unambiguously, and it is clear they satisfy the required properties. Sometimes however, it is economical to state a definition in terms of an arbitrary choice; one then has to check that the definition is independent of that choice. — “Well-definition - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”,


  • Might it not, in the tedious lapse of official life that lay before me, finally be with me as it was with this venerable friend–to make the dinner-hour the nucleus of the day, and to spend the rest of it, as an old dog spends it, asleep in the sunshine or in the shade? A dreary look-forward, this, for a man who felt it to be the best definition of happiness to live throughout the whole range of his faculties and sensibilities. — “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Again, although I have given a full description of our hero's exterior (such as it is), I may yet be asked for an inclusive definition also of his moral personality. — “Dead souls” by Nikolai Gogol
  • It is not without good reason said "that he who has not a good memory should never take upon him the trade of lying." I know very well that the grammarians–[Nigidius, Aulus Gellius, xi. ii; Nonius, v. 80.]– distinguish betwixt an untruth and a lie, and say that to tell an untruth is to tell a thing that is false, but that we ourselves believe to be true; and that the definition of the word to lie in Latin, from which our French is taken, is to tell a thing which we know in our conscience to be untrue; and it is of this last sort of liars only that I now speak. — “Essays” by Michel de Montaigne
  • However contracted, that definition is the result of expanded meditation. — “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville
  • An excellent definition of the fellow, Miss O'Carroll,–excellent, upon my honour. Ha! ha! he! Heigho! Laughter is pleasant, but the exertion is too much for me. — “Nightmare Abbey” by Thomas Love Peacock
  • It was a sorry piece of illustration of the old-fashioned sort, lacking definition and finish, but effective notwithstanding; for it was evidently the reproduction, though a cheap and imperfect process, of a photograph. — “The Riddle of the Sands” by Erskine Childers


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