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  • 1. How to Write a Definition Elizabeth Therese Gaughan * English Language Assistant * IES La Arboleda A Short Guide
  • 2. What is a definition?
    • A definition is an explanation of the meaning of a term.
    • A term is a word or phrase.
    • Examples:
      • Hamster : A hamster is a small rodent that is often kept as a pet.
      • Tomato : A tomato is soft, red fruit that is often used in salads and sandwiches.
  • 3. Where do we find definitions?
    • The best place to find a definition is in a dictionary .
    • However, sometimes YOU must create your own definition of a word or phrase.
    • How??? Let’s see…
  • 4. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
    • A formal definition has three parts:
      • The term
      • The group of object or concept to which the term belongs
      • The special characteristics that make the term different from others in its group
    • Let’s look at an example…
  • 5. Water
    • The term
      • Water is…
    • The group of object or concept to which the term belongs
      • … a liquid…
    • The special characteristics that make the term different from others in its group
      • … made up of two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen.
    • Water is a liquid made up of two molecules of hydrogen and one molecule of oxygen.
  • 6. Practice Together
    • Let’s try one as a class.
    • Put it all together…
  • 7. Practice Individually Three-step process and water example taken from The OWL at Purdue, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/622/01/ .