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.]


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.

My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. xii. 9.

Three glorious suns, each one a perfect sun. Shak.

I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Shak.

O most entire perfect sacrifice! Keble.

God made thee perfect, not immutable. Milton.


Well informed; certain; sure.

I am perfect that the Pannonains are now in arms. Shak.

3. Bot.

Hermaphrodite; having both stamens and pistils; -- said of flower.

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.<-- = perfective -->

Syn. -- Finished; consummate; complete; entire; faultless; blameless; unblemished.


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Per"fect (?), n.

The perfect tense, or a form in that tense.


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Per"fect (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Perfected; p. pr. & vb. n. Perfecting.] [L. perfectus, p.p. of perficere. See Perfect, a.]

To make perfect; to finish or complete, so as to leave nothing wanting; to give to anything all that is requisite to its nature and kind.

God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfect in us. 1 John iv. 12.

Inquire into the nature and properties of the things, . . . and thereby perfect our ideas of their distinct species. Locke.

Perfecting press Print., a press in which the printing on both sides of the paper is completed in one passage through the machine.

Syn. -- To finish; accomplish; complete; consummate.


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