(Latin: from, away from, off; down; wholly, entirely, utterly, complete; reverse the action of, undo; the negation or reversal of the notion expressed in the primary or root word)
Efforts are being made to define words with greater understanding without using another form of the entry in the definitions; for example, some dictionaries define transposition as follows:
1. The act of transposing.
2. The state of being transposed.
3. Something that has been transposed.
Wouldn't the defining of the word be more comprehensible if it were to say the following?
1. Something that has been moved into a different position or order.
2. An action that has been changed or used in a some other place or situation.
When something is definite, then it is unambiguous, exact, or undeniable.
2. The formal statement of the meaning or significance of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry: After reading the article in the newspaper, Carol looked up the definition of "palindrome" in the on-line dictionary.
3. A condition of being distinct, or clearly outlined: The negotiators were clear as to the definitions of overtime to include in the new union contract.
4. The act or process of stating a precise meaning or significance; formulation of a meaning: Karen was asked to provide a definition of the terms she was using in her speech at the City Hall.
5. In optics, the sharpness of the image formed by an optical system: Tom was very pleased with the high definition that was available in his new camera.
6. In radio and television, the accuracy of sound or picture reproduction: Lisa adjusted the definition of the picture in her new TV set.
2. Relating to something that can't be argued about or changed, final, and settled: The judge made a very definitive ruling which none of the lawyers could challenge.
Something is definitive when it is authoritative and serves as a final solution to a problem.
The deflagrability of other dry plants can be very fast and often uncontrollable.
2. Characterizing something that is liable to snap and crackle when heated: In his chemistry class at school, James found out that salt was quite deflagrable, because when it was heated, it produced popping and bursting sounds.
The grasslands were so dry from the long hot summer that they suddenly deflagrated when someone threw out his or her burning cigarette while driving through the country.2. To cause to burn with sudden and sparkling combustion, as by the action of intense heat: The fireworks were deflagrated on Independence Day in the big town square, presenting spectacular colors and forms in the sky.
2. A process of subsonic combustion that usually propagates through thermal conductivity: Deflagration describes the process of hot burning material which heats up the next layer of cold material and ignites it.
3. The kindling, or burning off in a crucible, a mixture of salt, or some mineral substance, with a gradual sparkling combustion of any substance without a violent explosion: Deflagration is particularly applied to combustion produced by nitre or niter, which is a colorless or white crystalline compound used in gunpowders, pyrotechnics, fertilizers, and as a preservative for foods; especially, as a curing salt for ham, sausages, etc.