[adjective, noun pur-fikt; verb per-fekt] /adjective, noun ˈpɜr fɪkt; verb pərˈfɛkt/
conforming absolutely to the description or definition of an ideal type:
a perfect sphere; a perfect gentleman.
excellent or complete beyond practical or theoretical improvement:
There is no perfect legal code. The proportions of this temple are almost perfect.
exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose:
a perfect actor to play Mr. Micawber; a perfect saw for cutting out keyholes.
entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings:
a perfect apple; the perfect crime.
accurate, exact, or correct in every detail:
a perfect copy.
thorough; complete; utter:
pure or unmixed:
He has perfect control over his followers.
expert; accomplished; proficient:
She will need a perfect driving teacher.
unmitigated; out-and-out; of an extreme degree:
He made a perfect fool of himself.
Mathematics. (of a set) equal to its set of accumulation points.
Obsolete. assured or certain.
the perfect tense.
a verb form or construction in the perfect tense.
Compare , , .
verb (used with object)
to bring to completion; finish.
to bring to ; make flawless or faultless:
He has succeeded in perfecting his recipe for chicken Kiev.
to bring nearer to perfection; improve; make better:
She works hard to perfect her writing.
to make fully skilled.
Printing. to print the reverse of (a printed sheet).
having all essential elements
unblemished; faultless: a perfect gemstone
correct or precise: perfect timing
utter or absolute: a perfect stranger
excellent in all respects: a perfect day
(maths) exactly divisible into equal integral or polynomial roots: 36 is a perfect square
(grammar) denoting a tense of verbs used in describing an action that has been completed by the subject. In English this is a compound tense, formed with have or has plus the past participle
(archaic) positive certain, or assured
verb (transitive) (pəˈfɛkt)
to make perfect; improve to one’s satisfaction: he is in Paris to perfect his French
to make fully accomplished
(printing) to print the reverse side of (a printed sheet of paper)
early 15c. alteration of Middle English parfit (c.1300), from Old French parfit “finished, completed, ready” (11c.), from Latin perfectus “completed, excellent, accomplished, exquisite,” past participle of perficere “accomplish, finish, complete,” from per- “completely” (see per) + facere “to perform” (see factitious). Often used in English as an intensive (perfect stranger, etc.).
“to bring to full development,” late 14c., parfiten, from perfect (adj.). Related: Perfected; perfecting.
[per-fek-tuh] /pərˈfɛk tə/ noun 1. . n. 1971, from American Spanish perfecta, shortened from quiniela perfecta “perfect quiniela,” a bet in horseracing (see quinella).
noun, Bookbinding. 1. a technique for binding books by a machine that cuts off the backs of the sections and glues the leaves to a cloth or paper backing. noun 1. See adhesive binding
noun, Music. 1. a cadence in which the tonic chord has its root in both bass and soprano.
- Perfect competition
noun 1. (economics) a market situation in which there exists a homogeneous product, freedom of entry, and a large number of buyers and sellers none of whom individually can affect price