EfS 161_(last updated: Fall 2003)

Instructor: Buthaina Al Othman

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Definitions

  Two Types of Definition

1. Formal Definition,(FD):

Term

Verb

Article

Class Word

Relative Pronoun

Characteristics

Water

is

a

liquid

which

consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen.

Gold

is

a

metal

that

(is used) to make jewellery.

2. Extended Definition,(ED):

An extended definition is used when more than one characteristic for a particular term is mentioned. The types of characteristics mentioned depend on the term that is being defined. (See the examples of extended definitions for Water and Gold in the table below.)

Term

Verb

Article

Class Word

Relative pronoun

Characteristics

Water

is

a

liquid

which

Consists of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. It is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It boils at 100 degrees Celsius, and freezes at 0 degrees Celsius. Water is essential for my life, and is used for cleaning and cooking.

*Notice that the types of characteristics in this example are: 1) Composition 2) Physical 3) Properties 4) Use 5) Origin is not mentioned here.

Gold

is

a

metal

that

(is) rare. It is yellow in color, very heavy, and very malleable. Gold is used to make jewellery.

*Notice that the types of characteristics used here are: 1) Physical 2) Properties 3) Use.

4) Other types are not mentioned here.

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