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