[pyoo r] /pyʊər/
adjective, purer, purest.
free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter:
pure gold; pure water.
unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.
of unmixed descent or ancestry:
a pure breed of dog.
free from foreign or inappropriate elements:
pure Attic Greek.
clear; free from blemishes:
(of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.
abstract or theoretical (opposed to ):
without any discordant quality; clear and true:
pure tones in music.
absolute; utter; sheer:
to sing for pure joy.
being that and nothing else; mere:
a pure accident.
clean, spotless, or unsullied:
untainted with evil; innocent:
pure in heart.
physically chaste; virgin.
ceremonially or ritually clean.
free of or without guilt; guiltless.
independent of sense or experience:
not mixed with any extraneous or dissimilar materials, elements, etc: pure nitrogen
free from tainting or polluting matter; clean; wholesome: pure water
free from moral taint or defilement: pure love
(prenominal) (intensifier): pure stupidity, a pure coincidence
(of a subject, etc) studied in its theoretical aspects rather than for its practical applications: pure mathematics, pure science Compare applied
(of a vowel) pronounced with more or less unvarying quality without any glide; monophthongal
(of a consonant) not accompanied by another consonant
of supposedly unmixed racial descent
(genetics, biology) breeding true for one or more characteristics; homozygous
c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname, and Old English had purlamb “lamb without a blemish”), “unmixed,” also “absolutely, entirely,” from Old French pur “pure, simple, absolute, unalloyed,” figuratively “simple, sheer, mere” (12c.), from Latin purus “clean, clear; unmixed; unadorned; chaste, undefiled,” from PIE root *peue- “to purify, cleanse” (cf. Latin putus “clear, pure;” Sanskrit pavate “purifies, cleanses,” putah “pure;” Middle Irish ur “fresh, new;” Old High German fowen “to sift”).
Replaced Old English hlutor. Meaning “free from moral corruption” is first recorded mid-14c. In reference to bloodlines, attested from late 15c.
adj. pur·er, pur·est
noun, Kantianism. 1. reason based on a priori principles and providing a unifying ground for the perception of the phenomenal world.
- Pure science
noun systematic observation of natural phenomena solely for the discovery of unknown laws relating to facts; the study of science alone, not including its relations to other subjects
[pyoo r] /pyʊər/ adjective, purer, purest. 1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water. 2. unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous. 3. of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog. 4. free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek. 5. […]
[pur-fuh l] /ˈpɜr fəl/ verb (used with object), purfled, purfling. 1. to finish with an ornamental border. 2. to decorate (a shrine or tabernacle) with architectural forms in miniature. noun 3. Also called purfling. an ornamental border, as the inlaid border near the outer edge of the table and back of a stringed instrument. /ˈpɜːfəl/ […]