Technical Definitions Adapted by Dr. Quinn for Spring 2011  from Lannon’s Technical Communication,  11 th  Edition
Purpose of  Technical Definitions <ul><li>Answers the questions of  what exactly are we talking about  and  what exactly i...
Levels of Detail in a Definition <ul><li>Parenthetical definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarifies the meaning of a word by...
Directions in Which Definition Can Be Expanded Can you explain what it doesn’t mean? Term or item to be defined How does i...
Expansion Methods <ul><li>Etymology </li></ul><ul><li>History and background </li></ul><ul><li>Negation </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Situations Requiring Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Each time an audience encounters an unfamiliar term or concept ...
Guidelines for Clear and Precise Definition <ul><li>Decide on the level of detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Classify the item pre...
Guidelines for Clear and Precise Definition <ul><li>Use visuals to clarify your meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Know “how much ...
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  1. 1. Technical Definitions Adapted by Dr. Quinn for Spring 2011 from Lannon’s Technical Communication, 11 th Edition
  2. 2. Purpose of Technical Definitions <ul><li>Answers the questions of what exactly are we talking about and what exactly is it </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses legal implications </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses ethical implications </li></ul><ul><li>Contains societal implications </li></ul><ul><li>Give a general but informative definition </li></ul>
  3. 3. Levels of Detail in a Definition <ul><li>Parenthetical definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clarifies the meaning of a word by using a more familiar synonym </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sentence definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fixed Pattern: name of item; class to which the item belongs; the features that differentiate the item from all others in its class </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expanded definition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extends to a short paragraph or even several pages depending on the complexity of the item </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Directions in Which Definition Can Be Expanded Can you explain what it doesn’t mean? Term or item to be defined How does it work? What are its parts? What does it look like? Can it be compared with anything familiar? Does it require any special conditions? How is it used? What is its origin and background?
  5. 5. Expansion Methods <ul><li>Etymology </li></ul><ul><li>History and background </li></ul><ul><li>Negation </li></ul><ul><li>Operating principle </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of parts </li></ul><ul><li>Visuals </li></ul><ul><li>Comparison and contrast </li></ul><ul><li>Required materials or conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Example </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Situations Requiring Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Each time an audience encounters an unfamiliar term or concept </li></ul><ul><li>Placement of Definitions </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions should not interrupt the flow </li></ul><ul><li>More than 3-4 definitions on one page or screen will be disruptive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rewrite them as sentence definitions and move them to a definitions section or glossary </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Guidelines for Clear and Precise Definition <ul><li>Decide on the level of detail. </li></ul><ul><li>Classify the item precisely. </li></ul><ul><li>Differentiate the item accurately. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid circular definitions. </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your definition selectively. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Guidelines for Clear and Precise Definition <ul><li>Use visuals to clarify your meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>Know “how much is enough.” </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the legal implications. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the ethical implications. </li></ul><ul><li>Place your definition in an appropriate location. </li></ul>
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