defining defining  /dɪ ˈfaɪ nɪŋ/


  • (n) any process serving to define the shape of something


  1. As the candidates lurch toward the ultimate defining moment of Election Day, we'll be there every step of the way.
  2. For a long time, lesbians and gays have been defining themselves into the ordinary fabric of life.
  3. Ask Leonard for one defining word about his mother, and that's his choice.


  1. First Thoughts: What's the endgame for Syria?

    What’s the endgame for Syria?... And what happens next week at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland… NBC/WSJ poll on a war-weary public… A tale of two different conferences today: Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan speak at Faith and Freedom in DC, while Chris Christie speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative… Bill Clinton grabbing headlines and Hillary Clinton defining TBD… And House GOP to hold immigration ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. The Advocate's Girls Track Runner of the Year: Valley's Mackenzie Butler

    A defining moment in Mackenzie Butler's 2013 season did not come during one of her many wins or her state race.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Newark Advocate

  3. The Money Pivot: Your Drastic Financial Make-Over Begins Now

    By Hal M. Bundrick NEW YORK (MainStreet)--We have been hearing a lot about "The Pivot" for a while now. Silicon Valley lexicon has entered the mainstream once again. Popular use is defining it as a sudden change in strategy for a business, a politician - even a media mogul. Oprah Winfrey says that her fledgling television network is in the midst of a turnaround: "Let me just say, we have made ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source:


  1. "On this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do," Obama told cheering supporters. "We came together as Democrats, Republicans and independents to say we are one nation, we are one...
    on Jan 3, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: USA Today

  2. "In Scotland, we are a people who pride ourselves on our humanity. It is viewed as a defining characteristic of Scotland and the Scottish people," MacAskill said. "The perpetration of an atrocity, and outrage, cannot and should not be a basis...
    on Aug 20, 2009 By: Kenny MacAskill Source: NECN

  3. WASHINGTON: President George W. Bush said Friday that the flare-up in violence in oil-rich southern Iraq and parts of Baghdad presents "a defining moment in the history of a free Iraq" as the government there seeks to root out Shiite militias.
    on Mar 28, 2008 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

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