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Definition Essay Samples

Using dictionary definitions to write your essay won’t cut it. Check out our examples of definition essays to grasp what it really means to write one.

Holiday

The word “holiday” is always pleasant to hear, whether we are participating in one or we are hearing about one from something else. We might…

Philosophy

By Nicholas Klacsanzky Philosophy is usually used in a grandiose sense. To philosophize is something that sets us apart from other animals, it seems. If…

Heat

By Nicholas Klacsanzky “Heat” is a loaded word. It crosses with physics, slang, everyday language, and more. As a term, “heat” is fairly old and…

Student

By Nicholas Klacsanzky The word “student” is common not only in English, but also in Afrikaans, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Latin, Lower Sorbian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian…

Definition of Fashion

By Nicholas Klacsanzky The fashion industry has been “fashionable” since the Industrial Revolution, but clothing fashion has been around since humans have existed. Technically, fashion…

Definition of Health

By Nicholas Klacsanzky The word “health” seems to be straightforward. However, each word has a history and nuances in definition, and the word “health” is…

Sexism

By Nicholas Klacsanzky There are many “isms,” and sexisim is one of the most vile ones. It is often talked about in relation to the…

Terrorism

By Nicholas Klacsanzky Terrorism is affecting countless countries in the world right now. The topic is hotly debated and a part of the collective fear…

Opinion

With so many opinions used in the news, in our personal conversations, and in debates, it is worth knowing more about this word. Though we…

Zombie

The word “zombie” is not as clear cut as one might think. It can infer a fictional, undead creature, a state of stupor, or an…

The Atom

How would one find out what types of atoms there were? Today, it does not seem like it should have been difficult to work out…

The Gravitational Field

Given that fields of force are real, how do we define, measure, and calculate them? A fruitful metaphor will be the wind patterns experienced by…

Voltage

Electrical circuits can be used for sending signals, storing information, or doing calculations, but their most common purpose by far is to manipulate energy. We…

The Magnetic Field

If you could play with a handful of electric dipoles and a handful of bar magnets, they would appear fairly similar. For instance, a pair…

The Doppler Effect

Imagine the wave pattern made by the tip of a vibrating rod which is moving across water. If the rod had been vibrating in one…

Temperature

Thermal equilibrium We use the term temperature casually, but what is it exactly? Roughly speaking, temperature is a measure of how concentrated the heat energy…

Defining “Nothing”

One of the trickiest things to define is “nothing.” Why is it difficult to define? Once you try to define “nothing,” it becomes something. Even…

Torque

Force can be interpreted as the rate of transfer of momentum. The equivalent in the case of angular momentum is called torque. Where force tells…

What is Heat?

What is heat? Is it an invisible fluid your bare feet soak up from a hot sidewalk? Can one ever remove all the heat from…

Momentum

A conserved quantity of motion Your first encounter with the conservation of momentum may have come as a small child unjustly confined to a shopping…

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