Definitions

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 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.
  • 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 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 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 Abundant.
  • 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 precisely.
  • 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 interval or any compound interval of a unison, octave, or fourths and fifths that are not tritones
  • adjective Made with equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.
  • verb transitive To make perfect; to improve or hone.
  • 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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From perfect (adjective) or from Latin perfectus

Examples

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  • "Be a good boy

    Push a little farther now

    That wasn't fast enough

    To make us happy

    We'll love you just the way you are

    if you're perfect"

    January 10, 2007

  • I love Alanis's lyrics.

    May 9, 2007

  • Since when is "bisexual" a synonym for "perfect"? That listing is bizarre.

    Can you imagine exclaiming "Oh! Bisexual!" every time something is perfect?

    April 12, 2011

  • You're looking at a list of definitions, not synonyms. And yes, I can actually imagine exclaiming "Oh! Bisexual!" every time something is perfect. I think it would be funny - although I'm sure the novelty would wear off.

    April 12, 2011

  • I can see problems. Like a gymnast coming in with a bisexual 10 on the pommel horse and then being disqualified under gender rules.

    April 13, 2011

  • I think it refers to bisexual in a botanical sense, i.e. monœcious.

    April 13, 2011

  • Used in the Same Context

    Time · accidental · active · aorist · beautiful · cattle · certainty

    April 13, 2011

  • For another example, see ulna.

    April 19, 2011

  • Anyone else notice how the word 'perfect' is taking over the world? Instead of yes, ok, thanks, or any acknowledgement of any kind, the answer is now 'perfect'. A luxury hotel chain needs to trademark this word immediately.

    May 21, 2011

  • On a positive note, the use of absolutely in such contexts appears to have withered.

    May 22, 2011