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What is a definition?

 

Definition
 

A definition is a thorough description of the meaning of a lexical unit.

Parts
 

Here are the parts of a definition:

 
Examples (Hebrew-English): Bilingual definition
 
  • Lexical unit

    Analytic definition

    Supplemental info

    Translational equivalents

    hikkih

    To physically impact someone or something with an instrument

    Such as a sword, spear, or hand

    To hit, strike, stab, cut, or slash

    shamam

    To have never given birth to a child

    With the implication of being empty and emotionally ruined

    To be barren or infertile

  • Examples: (English: monolingual definition)
     
  • Lexical unit

    Analytic definition

    Supplemental info

    clap

    To strike the palms of the hands together

    As in applauding

    dog

    A domesticated canine

    Raised in many breeds, commonly kept as a house pet.

  • Nonexamples
     

    A gloss is not the same as a definition.

     

    Here is a table that compares a gloss with a definition:

     

    Point of comparison

    Gloss

    Definition

    Length

    Consists of one or two words

    Consists of one or more phrases, sentences, or paragraphs

    Specificity

    Is a summary of the meaning of the sense, suitable for use with text glossing

    Is a full, expanded description of the meaning of the sense


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