and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord
in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave. Perfect number (Arith.), a number equal
to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See Abundant
number, under Abundant. Brande & C. Perfect tense (Gram.), a tense which expresses an act
or state completed.
Syn. Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished.
(Per"fect) n. The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
(Per"fect) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perfected; p. pr. & vb. n. Perfecting.] [L. perfectus, p. p. of
perficere. See Perfect, a.] To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to
give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind.
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us.1 John iv. 12.
Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct
species.Locke. Perfecting press (Print.), a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one
passage through the machine.
Syn. To finish; accomplish; complete; consummate.
(Per"fect*er) n. One who, or that which, makes perfect. "The . . . perfecter of our faith."
(Per*fect`i*bil"i*an) n. A perfectionist. [R.] Ed. Rev.
(Per`fec*tib"i*list) n. A perfectionist. See also Illuminati, 2. [R.]
(Per*fect`i*bil"i*ty) n. [Cf. F. perfectibilité.] The quality or state of being perfectible.
(Per*fect"i*ble) a. [Cf. F. perfectible.] Capable of becoming, or being made, perfect.
(Per*fec"tion) n. [F. perfection, L. perfectio.]
1. The quality or state of being perfect or complete, so that nothing requisite is wanting; entire development; consummate
culture, skill, or moral excellence; the highest attainable state or degree of excellence; maturity; as, perfection
in an art, in a science, or in a system; perfection in form or degree; fruits in perfection.
2. A quality, endowment, or acquirement completely excellent; an ideal faultlessness; especially, the divine
attribute of complete excellence. Shak.
What tongue can her perfections tell?Sir P. Sidney. To perfection, in the highest degree of excellence; perfectly; as, to imitate a model to perfection.
(Per*fec"tion), v. t. To perfect. [Obs.] Foote.