Definitives . . . are commonly called by grammarians articles. . . . They are of two kinds, either those properly and strictly so called, or else pronominal articles, such as this, that, any, other, some, all, no, none, etc. Harris

(De*fin"i*tive*ly), adv. In a definitive manner.

(De*fin"i*tive*ness), n. The quality of being definitive.

(De*fin"i*tude) n. Definiteness. [R.]

Definitude . . . is a knowledge of minute differences.
Sir W. Hamilton.

(De*fix") v. t. [L. defixus, p. p. of defigere to fix; de- + figere to fix.] To fix; to fasten; to establish. [Obs.] "To defix their princely seat . . . in that extreme province." Hakluyt.

(Def`la*gra*bil"i*ty) n. (Chem.) The state or quality of being deflagrable.

The ready deflagrability . . . of saltpeter.

(De*fla"gra*ble) a. [See Deflagrate.] (Chem.) Burning with a sudden and sparkling combustion, as niter; hence, slightly explosive; liable to snap and crackle when heated, as salt.

(Def"la*grate) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Deflagrated; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflagrating.] [L. deflagratus, p. p. of deflagrare to burn up; de- + flagrare to flame, burn.] (Chem.) To burn with a sudden and sparkling combustion, as niter; also, to snap and crackle with slight explosions when heated, as salt.

(Def"la*grate), v. t. (Chem.) To cause to burn with sudden and sparkling combustion, as by the action of intense heat; to burn or vaporize suddenly; as, to deflagrate refractory metals in the oxyhydrogen flame.

(Def`la*gra"tion) n. [L. deflagratio: cf. F. déflagration.]

1. A burning up; conflagration. "Innumerable deluges and deflagrations." Bp. Pearson.

2. (Chem.) The act or process of deflagrating.

(Def"la*gra`tor) n. (Chem.) A form of the voltaic battery having large plates, used for producing rapid and powerful combustion.

(De*flate") v. t. [Pref. de- down + L. flare, flatus to blow.] To reduce from an inflated condition.

(De*flect") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Deflected; p. pr. & vb. n. Deflecting.] [L. deflectere; de- + flectere to bend or turn. See Flexible.] To cause to turn aside; to bend; as, rays of light are often deflected.

Sitting with their knees deflected under them.

(De*flect"), v. i. To turn aside; to deviate from a right or a horizontal line, or from a proper position, course or direction; to swerve.

At some part of the Azores, the needle deflecteth not, but lieth in the true meridian.
Sir T. Browne.

To deflect from the line of truth and reason.

(De*flect"a*ble) a. Capable of being deflected.

(De*flect"ed), a.

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