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What a Definition is.       §6. I think, it is agreed, that a Definition is nothing else, but the
shewing the meaning of one Word by several other not synonymous Terms.
The meaning of Words, being only the Ideas they are made to stand
for by him that uses them; the meaning of any Term is then
shewed, or the Word is defined when by other Words, the Idea it is
made the Sign of, and annexed to in the Mind of the Speaker, is as it
were represented, or set before the view of another; and thus its
Signification ascertained: This is the only use and end of Definitions;
and therefore the only measure of what is, or is not a good Defi-
Locke Hum III, 4, §6, p. 422