from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Synonyms Faultless, blameless, unblemished, holy.
- noun In grammar, the perfect tense. See above.
- To finish or complete so as to leave nothing wanting; bring to completion or perfection: as, to
perfecta picture or a statue.
- To make perfect; instruct fully; make fully informed or skilled: as, to
perfectone'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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective 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.
- adjective Well informed; certain; sure.
- adjective (Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower.
- adjective (Mus.) a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.
- adjective (Mus.) a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.
- adjective (Arith.) a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See Abundant number, under
- adjective (Gram.) a tense which expresses an act or state completed.
- transitive verb 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.
- transitive verb (Print.) a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one passage through the machine.
- noun The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Fitting its definition
- adjective Having all of its parts in harmony with a common purpose.
- adjective Thoroughly skilled or talented.
- adjective Excellent and delightful in all respects.
- adjective grammar Representing a completed action.
- adjective biology Sexually mature and fully differentiated.
- adjective botany Of
flowers, having both male ( stamens) and female ( carpels) parts.
- adjective analysis Of a set, that it is equal to its set of limit points, i.e. set A is perfect if A=A'.
- adjective music describing an
intervalor any compound intervalof a unison, octave, or fourthsand fifthsthat are not tritones
- adjective Made with equal parts of
sweetand dry vermouth.
- verb transitive To make perfect; to
- verb law To take an action, usually the filing of a document in the correct venue, that secures a legal right.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective being complete of its kind and without defect or blemish
- verb make perfect or complete
- noun a tense of verbs used in describing action that has been completed (sometimes regarded as perfective aspect)
- adjective without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers
- adjective precisely accurate or exact
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_Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect_.
Noah was a just man and perfect -- Job _perfect_ and upright.
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.