Perfect

Definition of Perfect

Per´fect
a.1.Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct.
My strength is made perfect in weakness.
- 2 Cor. xii. 9.
Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun.
- Shak.
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.
- Shak.
O most entire perfect sacrifice!
- Keble.
God made thee perfect, not immutable.
- Milton.
2.Well informed; certain; sure.
I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms.
- Shak.
3.(Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; - said of flower.
Perfect cadence
(Mus.) a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.
Perfect chord
(Mus.) a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent 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.
Perfect tense
(Gram.) a tense which expresses an act or state completed.
- Brande & C.
n.1.The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Perfected; p. pr. & vb. n. Perfecting.]
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.

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