Quotes of definition

  1. The definition of a Schwarzenegger Republican is a Bush Republican who says he's a Schwarzenegger Republican. – Warren Beatty
  2. Dreams are, by definition cursed with short life spans. – Candice Bergen
  3. My definition of an intellectual is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger. – Billy Connolly
  4. People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities. – Linda Ellerbee
  5. Definition of a Statistician: A man who believes figures don't lie, but admits than under analysis some of them won't stand up either. – Evan Esar
  6. What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much. – Malcolm Forbes
  7. Art is a reality, not a definition inasmuch as it approaches a reality, it approaches perfection, and inasmuch as it approaches a mere definition it is imperfect and untrue. – Benjamin Haydon
  8. I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true. – Audrey Hepburn
  9. A guy that throws what he intends to throw, that's the definition of a good pitcher. – Sandy Koufax
  10. Since hydrogen is a constituent of most of our electrolytic solvents, the definition of an acid or base as a substance which gives up or takes up hydrogen ion would be more general than the one we used before, but it would not be universal. – Gilbert Newton Lewis
  11. The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. – Abraham Lincoln
  12. Poetry, almost by definition calls attention to its language and form. – Robert Morgan
  13. By definition a sequel can't be original. So you've got to figure out what worked the first time around. – Barry Sonnenfeld
  14. Personally, I don't like the term 'success.' It's too arbitrary and too relative a thing. It's usually someone else's definition not yours. – Ichiro Suzuki
  15. The proper words in the proper places are the true definition of style. – Jonathan Swift

Usage examples for definition

  1. But this is too broad a definition for our purpose. – Monopolies and the People by Charles Whiting Baker
  2. He had had an admirably free and happy life with parents who were his dearest friends, and with a friend who was to him a hero beyond the need of definition – The Dark Tower by Phyllis Bottome
  3. Oh, she said, blushing, I remembered the definition of a gentleman in the Irish R. M.- 'a man who has late dinner and takes in the London Times. – Penny Plain by Anna Buchan (writing as O. Douglas)
  4. Very few people sin, if you accept my definition – Children of the Desert by Louis Dodge
  5. No simple, plain definition of love, or light or life has ever been formed yet by man so far as I can learn. – Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon
  6. But what is your new definition – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  7. This term obviously demands some further definition – Natural Law in the Spiritual World by Henry Drummond
  8. An accurate definition at first of what we wish to prove would often make a long discussion unnecessary. – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  9. The primitive myth does not include all that properly comes within the definition of myth. – Folklore as an Historical Science by George Laurence Gomme
  10. Does the definition apply to them? – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  11. In the case of no other race is so narrow a definition attempted. – The Negro by W.E.B. Du Bois
  12. No absolute definition can be given, however, of the term " patent flour," as usage varies the meaning in different parts of the country. – Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value by Harry Snyder
  13. Next, we have the Scientific Definition of Mortal Mind. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  14. The bore, to attempt a further definition is simply a fellow human being out of his element. – Prose Fancies by Richard Le Gallienne
  15. As " invitation" was the term employed, the peculiar manner in which the idea was conceived hardly needs definition – England and Germany by Emile Joseph Dillon
  16. The men and women for whom he sat possessed the same quality as his never- forgotten goddess and Lady Chudley and the young architect- a quality which he recognized keenly, but for which his limited vocabulary could find no definition – The Fortunate Youth by William J. Locke
  17. A term may mean, or convey to the mind, a good many more attributes than those which are stated in its definition – Deductive Logic by St. George Stock
  18. Euclid's definition is thought to be due to Plato, and is only one of many definitions that have been suggested. – The Teaching of Geometry by David Eugene Smith
  19. This sounds very like a definition of truth. – Pragmatism A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking by William James
  20. First; an exact definition of the condition known as Poverty. – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell

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