"defines" in the verb sense
1. specify, define, delineate, delimit, delimitate
determine the essential quality of
give a definition for the meaning of a word
determine the nature of
"What defines a good wine?"
4. define, delineate
show the form or outline of
"The tree was clearly defined by the light"
"The camera could define the smallest object"
5. specify, set, determine, define, fix, limit
decide upon or fix definitely
"fix the variables"
"specify the parameters"
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