American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Lacking nothing essential to the whole; complete of its nature or kind.
- adj. Being without defect or blemish: a perfect specimen.
- adj. Thoroughly skilled or talented in a certain field or area; proficient.
- adj. Completely suited for a particular purpose or situation: She was the perfect actress for the part.
- adj. Completely corresponding to a description, standard, or type: a perfect circle; a perfect gentleman.
- adj. Accurately reproducing an original: a perfect copy of the painting.
- adj. Complete; thorough; utter: a perfect fool.
- adj. Pure; undiluted; unmixed: perfect red.
- adj. Excellent and delightful in all respects: a perfect day.
- adj. Botany Having both stamens and pistils in the same flower; monoclinous.
- adj. Grammar Of, relating to, or constituting a verb form expressing action completed prior to a fixed point of reference in time.
- adj. Music Designating the three basic intervals of the octave, fourth, and fifth.
- n. Grammar The perfect tense.
- n. A verb or verb form in the perfect tense.
- v. To bring to perfection or completion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Brought to a consummation; fully finished; carried through to completion in every detail; finished in every part; completed.
- Full; whole; entire; complete; existing in the widest extent or highest degree.
- In botany, having both stamens and pistils; hermaphrodite: said of a flower, also of a whole plant, as opposed to monæcious, diæcious, etc.
- Without blemish or defect; lacking in nothing; of the best, highest, or most complete type; exact or unquestionable in every particular: as, a perfect likeness; one perfect but many imperfect specimens; a perfect face; specifically, complete in moral excellence; entirely good.
- Sound; of sound mind; sane.
- Completely skilled; thoroughly trained or efficient: as, perfect in discipline. Compare letter-perfect.
- Completely effective; satisfactory in every respect.
- Quite certain; assured.
- Entire; out and out; utter; very great: as, a perfect horror of serpents; a perfect shower of brickbats met them; a perfect stranger.
- In music: Of an interval, melodic or harmonic, belonging to the first and simplest group of consonances, that in which inversion does not change the character of the interval: as, a perfect unison, octave, fifth, or fourth: opposed to imperfect, diminished, augmented. These intervals are now often also called major.
- Of a chord, cadence, or period, complete; fully satisfactory. Thus, a perfect chord or triad is a triad, major or minor, in its original position; a perfect cadence is a simple authentic or plagal cadence; and a perfect period is one that is fully balanced or filled out.
- In medieval music, of rhythm, time, or measure, triple. See measure
- Synonyms Faultless, blameless, unblemished, holy.
- n. In grammar, the perfect tense. See above.
- To finish or complete so as to leave nothing wanting; bring to completion or perfection: as, to perfect a picture or a statue.
- To make perfect; instruct fully; make fully informed or skilled: as, to perfect one's self in the principles of architecture; to perfect soldiers in discipline.
- Synonyms To accomplish, consummate.
- In the Echinodermata, having the entire series of ambulacral plates perforated from pole to pole, that is, from base to summit of corona.
- v. transitive To make perfect; to improve or hone.
- v. law To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
- adj. Fitting its definition precisely.
- adj. Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- adj. Thoroughly skilled or talented.
- adj. Excellent and delightful in all respects.
- adj. grammar Representing a completed action.
- adj. biology Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- adj. botany Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- adj. analysis Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- adj. music describing an interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones
- adj. Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.
- adj. Well informed; certain; sure.
- adj. (Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower.
- n. The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
- v. To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind.
- adj. being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
- v. make perfect or complete
- n. a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- adj. precisely accurate or exact
- From Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit (modern: parfait), from Latin perfectus, perfect passive participle of perficere ("to finish"), from per- ("through, thorough") + facere ("to do, to make"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit, from Latin perfectus, past participle of perficere, to finish : per-, per- + facere, to do. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Noah was a just man and perfect -- Job _perfect_ and upright.”
“_Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect_.”
“Where there is perfect harmony -- _perfect_, I say -- such a dislocation could not be.”
“The perfect stem of the verb is formed in various ways, but may always be _found by dropping «-ī» from the first person singular of the perfect_, the third of the principal parts.”
“From the works of Boethius (_circa_ 400) and others, he had derived and accepted the Pythagorean division of the scale, making thirds and sixths dissonant intervals; and so his perfect chord (from which our later triad gets its name of _perfect_) was composed of a root, fifth or fourth, and octave.”
“His obedience to His Father, and His Father's love to Him, is the perfect likeness of what goes on between a good son and a good father among men; only that it is _perfect_, because it is between a perfect Father and a perfect Son.”
“I have heard teachers contend that a child will learn to write much faster by having an _inferior copy_, than by imitating one which is comparatively perfect; 'because,' say they, 'a pupil is liable to be discouraged if you give him a _perfect_ copy; but if it is only a little in advance of his own, he will take courage from the belief that he shall soon be able to equal it. ”
“Went to Lord H. 's -- party numerous -- _mi_lady in perfect good humour, and consequently _perfect_.”
“_Be you perfect, as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect_, is a plain”
“_ideally_ perfect whole is certainly that whole of which the _parts also are perfect_ -- if we can depend on logic for anything, we can depend on it for that definition.”
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