A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry. A statement or description of the fundamental character or scope of something:"[The panel] calls for a clearer definition of the status of people captured in American military operations"(Economist). The act or process of stating a precise meaning or significance; formulation of a meaning: The definition of terms is essential to any successful scholarly study. The state of being clearly outlined:"With the drizzle, the trees in the little clearing had lost definition"(Anthony Hyde). The level of detail in a recording, production, or digital encoding of an image or sound.