most reliable or complete, as of a text, author, criticism, study, or the like:
the definitive biography of Andrew Jackson.
serving to define, fix, or specify definitely:
to clarify with a definitive statement.
having its fixed and final form; providing a solution or final answer; satisfying all criteria:
the definitive treatment for an infection; a definitive answer to a dilemma.
Biology. fully developed or formed; complete.
a defining or limiting word, as an article, a demonstrative, or the like.
Philately. a stamp that is a regular issue and is usually on sale for an extended period of time.
Compare commemorative (def 2).
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The Moonshiners At Hoho-Hebee Falls Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
serving to decide or settle finally; conclusive
most reliable, complete, or authoritative: the definitive reading of a text
serving to define or outline
(zoology) fully developed; complete: the definitive form of a parasite
(of postage stamps) permanently on sale
(as noun) a definitive postage stamp
(grammar) a word indicating specificity of reference, such as the definite article or a demonstrative adjective or pronoun
definiteness; exactitude; precision.
to burn, especially suddenly and violently. Historical Examples A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines. Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley Cooley’s Practical Receipts, Volume II Arnold Cooley Cooley’s Cyclopdia of Practical Receipts and Collateral Information in the Arts, Manufactures, Professions, and Trades…, […]
a small tropical American evergreen tree, Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds, the source of cocoa, chocolate, etc. Also, cocoa. the fruit or seeds of this tree. Contemporary Examples 4 Autumnal Desserts Michel Richard November 17, 2010 The Congo’s Forgotten Colonial Getaway Nina Strochlic December 17, 2014 Four Chocolate Questions Answered Mary Goodbody September 28, […]
a seed of the cacao tree.