Pure

Definition of Pure

a.1.Separate from all heterogeneous or extraneous matter; free from mixture or combination; clean; mere; simple; unmixed; as, pure water; pure clay; pure air; pure compassion.
The pure fetters on his shins great.
- Chaucer.
A guinea is pure gold if it has in it no alloy.
- I. Watts.
2.Free from moral defilement or quilt; hence, innocent; guileless; chaste; - applied to persons.
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience.
- 1 Tim. i. 5.
3.Free from that which harms, vitiates, weakens, or pollutes; genuine; real; perfect; - applied to things and actions.
Such was the origin of a friendship as warm and pure as any that ancient or modern history records.
- Macaulay.
4.(Script.) Ritually clean; fitted for holy services.
Thou shalt set them in two rows, six on a row, upon the pure table before the Lord.
- Lev. xxiv. 6.
5.(Phonetics) Of a single, simple sound or tone; - said of some vowels and the unaspirated consonants.
Pure-impure
completely or totally impure.
Pure blue
(Chem.) See Methylene blue, under Methylene.
- Fuller.
Pure chemistry
See under Chemistry.
Pure mathematics
that portion of mathematics which treats of the principles of the science, or contradistinction to applied mathematics, which treats of the application of the principles to the investigation of other branches of knowledge, or to the practical wants of life.
Pure villenage
(Feudal Law) a tenure of lands by uncertain services at the will of the lord.
- Davies & Peck (Math. Dict.

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