Perfect tense
Perfect Per"fect, a. [OE. parfit, OF. parfit, parfet, parfait, F. parfait, L. perfectus, p. p. of perficere to carry to the end, to perform, finish, perfect; per (see {Per-}) + facere to make, do. See {Fact}.] 1. Brought to consummation or completeness; completed; not defective nor redundant; having all the properties or qualities requisite to its nature and kind; without flaw, fault, or blemish; without error; mature; whole; pure; sound; right; correct. [1913 Webster]

My strength is made perfect in weakness. --2 Cor. xii. 9. [1913 Webster]

Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I fear I am not in my perfect mind. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

O most entire perfect sacrifice! --Keble. [1913 Webster]

God made thee perfect, not immutable. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Well informed; certain; sure. [1913 Webster]

I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. (Bot.) Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower. [1913 Webster]

{Perfect cadence} (Mus.), a complete and satisfactory close in harmony, as upon the tonic preceded by the dominant.

{Perfect chord} (Mus.), a concord or union of sounds which is perfectly coalescent and agreeable to the ear, as the unison, octave, fifth, and fourth; a perfect consonance; a common chord in its original position of keynote, third, fifth, and octave.

{Perfect number} (Arith.), a number equal to the sum of all its divisors; as, 28, whose aliquot parts, or divisors, are 14, 7, 4, 2, 1. See {Abundant number}, under {Abundant}. --Brande & C.

{Perfect tense} (Gram.), a tense which expresses an act or state completed. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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