from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- transitive v. To bring to perfection or completion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make perfect; to improve or hone.
- v. 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. Representing a completed action.
- adj. Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- adj. Of flowers, having both male (stamens) and female (carpels) parts.
- adj. Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- adj. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower.
- n. The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
- transitive 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
From perfect (adjective) or from Latin perfectus (Wiktionary)
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)