from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a homogeneous or uniform composition; not mixed: pure oxygen.
- adj. Free from adulterants or impurities: pure chocolate.
- adj. Free of dirt, defilement, or pollution: "A memory without blot or contamination must be . . . an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment” ( Charlotte Brontë).
- adj. Free of foreign elements.
- adj. Containing nothing inappropriate or extraneous: a pure literary style.
- adj. Complete; utter: pure folly.
- adj. Having no faults; sinless: "I felt pure and sweet as a new baby” ( Sylvia Plath).
- adj. Chaste; virgin.
- adj. Of unmixed blood or ancestry.
- adj. Genetics Produced by self-fertilization or continual inbreeding; homozygous: a pure line.
- adj. Music Free from discordant qualities: pure tones.
- adj. Linguistics Articulated with a single unchanging speech sound; monophthongal: a pure vowel.
- adj. Theoretical: pure science.
- adj. Philosophy Free of empirical elements: pure reason.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. free of flaws or imperfections; unsullied
- adj. free of foreign material or pollutants
- adj. free of immoral behavior or qualities; clean
- adj. of a branch of science, done for its own sake instead of serving another branch of science.
- adj. Of a single, simple sound or tone; said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
- adv. to a great extent or degree; extremely; exceedingly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed
- adj. Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; -- applied to persons.
- adj. Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; -- applied to things and actions.
- adj. Ritually clean; fitted for holy services.
- adj. Of a single, simple sound or tone; -- said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Free from extraneous matter; separate from matter of another kind; free from mixture; unmixed; clear; especially, free from matter that impairs or pollutes: Said of physical substances.
- Bare; mere; sheer; absolute; very: as, it was done out of pure spite; a pure villain.
- Sole; only.
- Whole; thorough; complete.
- Fine; nice.
- Figuratively, free from mixture with things of another kind; homogeneous.
- Free from mixture with that which contaminates, stains, defiles, or blemishes.
- Ritually or ceremonially clean; unpolluted.
- Free from that which vitiates, pollutes, or degrades; unadulterated; genuine; stainless; sincere: said of thoughts, actions, motives, etc.
- In music: Of intervals, intonation, and harmony, mathematically correct or perfect: opposed to tempered.
- Of tones, without discordant quality.
- Of style of composition or of a particular work, correct; regular; finished.
- In metaphysics, of the nature of form; unmateriate; in the Kantian terminology, not depending on experience; non-sensuous.
- Logic based solely on a priori principles; a canon of the understanding and of the reason in reference to the formal element.
- Synonyms Uncorrupted, incorrupt, unsullied, untainted, untarnished, unstained, clean, fair, unspotted, unpolluted, undefiled, immaculate, guiltless, holy.
- n. Purity.
- n. In tanning, a bate of dog's dung, used for counteracting the action of the lime on the skins in the process of unhairing.
- Quite; very; absolutely; perfectly.
- To purify; cleanse; refine.
- Specifically In tanning, to cleanse with a bate of dog's dung.
- In biology, having germ-cells of only one kind and like those of a parent. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of color) being chromatically pure; not diluted with white or grey or black
- adj. free from discordant qualities
- adj. concerned with theory and data rather than practice; opposed to applied
- adj. in a state of sexual virginity
- adj. free of extraneous elements of any kind
- adj. (used of persons or behaviors) having no faults; sinless
- adj. without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
Middle English pur, from Old French, from Latin pūrus; see peuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pur, from Old French pur, from Latin purus ("clean, free from dirt or filth, unmixed, plain"), from Proto-Indo-European *peu-, *pu- (“to cleanse, purify”). Displaced native Middle English lutter ("pure, clear, sincere") (from Old English hlūtor, hluttor), Middle English skere ("pure, sheer, clear") (from Old English scǣre and Old Norse skǣr), Middle English schir ("clear, pure") (from Old English scīr), Middle English smete, smeate ("pure, refined") (from Old English smǣte; compare Old English mǣre ("pure")). (Wiktionary)