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[wel-di-fahynd] /ˈwɛl dɪˈfaɪnd/
sharply or clearly stated, outlined, described, etc.:
a well-defined character; a well-defined boundary.
Origin of well-defined
1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Clean design, well-defined spaces, and meticulous attention to detail make even a small corner lot seem spacious and private.
  • According to quantum mechanics, electrons don't have well-defined orbits around atoms, as the planets do around the sun.
  • In microwave atomic clocks, the well-defined resonance of a cesium atom is the reference point.
  • Modern travel gives us certainty and well-defined timetables-and sucks all of the sentiment out of our departures.
  • They prefer well-defined forms and bright, frank color.
  • The various stakeholders participate in well-defined parts of the process.
  • Without a landscape architect, the campus will lose-or will never have-an architectural structure of well-defined spaces.
  • The new plan puts more emphasis on an appealing urban streetscape with well-defined streets, squares, and parks.
  • The river's straight, well-defined channel through the city indicates some measure of flood control.
  • The neighborhood is limited in physical size, with well-defined edges and a focused center.
British Dictionary definitions for well-defined


adjective (well defined when postpositive)
clearly delineated, described, or determined
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