Adjective "Pure" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.
  1. 'the jacket was pure wool'
  2. 'I said I worked on semiconductor materials, where very pure crystals of, for example, silicon, are grown.'
  3. 'When examined, the container was found to contain 32 pallets each containing four, 45-gallon drums of pure alcohol.'
  4. 'The term extinction coefficients describes the absorbance spectra of a single pure substance at known concentrations.'
  5. 'For pure wool it's also lovely and soft and I won't have to wear anything underneath to stop scratchiness.'
  6. 'This tactile, sensual experience was made more poignant by the knowledge that these substances were pure, unalloyed, irreducible.'
  7. 'The material felt like pure silk, completely smooth.'
  8. 'The material was a pure iron that had been embedded in the plants while the iron was still molten.'
  9. 'Primary standards are usually aqueous-based and consist of weighed-in amounts of pure materials.'
  10. 'When a solid is made up of a pure substance and forms slowly, it can become a crystal.'
  11. 'White-sand soil is almost pure quartz material derived from sediments that are more than 570 million years old.'
  12. 'His action scenes are beautiful capsules of pure kinetic art and grace, fusing his camera movement and his physical choreography into a singular performance.'
  13. 'When light passes through a spectroscope it breaks into bands of unique colors that represent pure elements.'
  14. 'Because her paintings are so artificial and so plainly painted, the viewer can appreciate pure art without the weight of hidden messages.'
  15. 'Yet Widayanto has succeeded in treading the fine line between his pure art creations and his more commercial products.'
  16. 'I do believe video games are sort of at the heart of a cancer that's eating away at this culture, turning every popular art form into a pure service industry.'
  17. 'Such scenes work on the level of stylization and pure martial arts action, and may be appreciated wholly out of context, but the essence of heroism remains elusive.'
  18. 'But, of the pieces I've seen, the pure graphic element doesn't do much on a gut level for me, at least not yet.'
  19. 'Deeply embedded within her mind is a node of pure Elemental energy.'
  20. 'Although not pure art deco, its houses incorporated many of the elements of the style and large whitewashed villas now grace the south side.'
  21. 'If a person does only judo it seemed that their art turned into pure sport.'
  22. 'the pure, clear waters of Scotland'
  23. 'In the 17th century a well was discovered on Ilkley Moor, according to folklore, by a shepherd who bathed his injured leg in the water and the pure water cleaned the wound and cured him!'
  24. 'Announce prizes like free tankers of pure water till the end of summer and free coaching for IIT foundation and medicine foundation.'
  25. 'If the water has strange smell, you should use pure bottled water.'
  26. 'Thousands of restoration projects in rural areas need millions of trees to provide clean air, pure water, and improved wildlife habitat.'
  27. 'Where is the crystal clear, pure, unpolluted water that once characterized the river as well as most shallow wells in the area?'
  28. 'Growing wild in the pure and unpolluted waters of W. Ireland, the watercress is of exceptional quality.'
  29. 'In a new bowl, place one pound of sugar with pure clean water.'
  30. 'You start with water and end with water, pure and unpolluting.'
  31. 'One of the psychics passed around a canteen full of clean, pure water, which Veon accepted gratefully.'
  32. 'The success of destroying all microorganisms capable of growing in canned food is based on the temperature obtained in pure steam, free of air, at sea level.'
  33. '80 pure-bred stallions were on parade'
  34. 'Scheduled for March 23, the international program features seven races worth a total of $15,250,000, a figure that includes $250,000 for a pure-bred Arabian race.'
  35. 'A Laois family of doglovers is searching for their pure-bred Springer Spaniel and say they would pay anything to get him back.'
  36. 'If you're showing, check any relevant breed society guidelines first - pure-bred Arabs and natives should be shown with full, unplaited manes, whilst part-breds should have their manes pulled and plaited.'
  37. 'Iceland has these pure-bred horses that haven't changed in 900 years.'
  38. 'Didi is a registered pure-bred gold schipperke, the colour of a golden fox, with foxy ears and a pointy foxy snout.'
  39. 'The family also had the supreme and reserve pens of pure-bred Texels and took the best single butcher's lamb award.'
  40. 'We also compared the mean expression level in hybrids relative to pure species between male-specific genes and all other genes.'
  41. 'A record 80 pure-bred stallions were on parade and the biggest turnout of vintage tractors and other vehicles were on show.'
  42. 'She now has her own horse, Luke, a pure-bred Arab, and trains on him three times a week.'
  43. 'In 1876, William and his wife returned to Bell Block where he started his celebrated model farm on Corbett Road, breeding pure-bred Jersey cattle.'
(of a sound) perfectly in tune and with a clear tone.
  1. '‘I wanted a nice bass sound - something that's in your face and not the sweet and pure sound of the traditional harp,’ she said.'
  2. 'The pure, high tones of the sopranos were ravishing.'
  3. 'Sieden and Baker sing with pure tone and true, perhaps a bit naïve, fostering the illusion that they're just very good local soloists.'
  4. 'Though Carter hasn't lost his love of the lyric as pure sound, the sentiments here come from the heart more than the head.'
  5. 'The width of the bore and the large diameter of the tone holes gives it a strong, pure sound, invaluable to the military band and to the swing and dance big bands.'
  6. 'It's not related to the band because it isn't music in any shape or form, just anguished, terrifying pure sound.'
  7. 'A few of the audience may have wandered away with the feeling that too little of this gave us a pure, beguiling Monteverdi sound.'
  8. 'One may disregard or actively listen for the words, feel how they combine with the music, but it is hard not to hear them as something other and more than pure musical sound.'
  9. 'In fact, he had invented an amazing type of speaker that really allowed pure sound to come through.'
  10. 'Anthony Marwood is perfectly suited to tackle these two contrasting works, displaying a tone and intonation that is pure and sensitive.'
Wholesome and untainted by immorality, especially that of a sexual nature.
  1. 'From this standpoint, rural people and their culture represent a negation of everything that is wholesome and pure about nature.'
  2. 'We need to be morally upright, like chaste virgins before God, pure and clean.'
  3. 'Though he was not stupid, nor naïve, I told myself that he was like a child, ears, heart and mind pure and untainted with the thought of bloodshed and abuse.'
  4. 'Rather, they represent a genuine science of mind, a science of insight that uncovers the pure nature of the mind and world that we experience.'
  5. 'She smelled like sorrow, and bitterness, and pain had never touched her, leaving her pure and untainted.'
  6. 'But Lincoln gets no credit for the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, because he didn't do it out of the pure goodness of his heart?'
  7. 'Children are just the best thing there ever can be, the essence of innocence, their pure little hearts and minds not yet infected by our corrupt cold world.'
  8. 'Power always brings the need to compromise one's ideals, so what right had Benn to claim after the event that he remained pure and untainted?'
  9. 'This spell is the ultimate technique that can be used only by those who have a pure and untainted soul.'
  10. 'Why the attraction to athletes who are still pure and untainted and don't have big, you know, contracts?'
(of a subject of study) dealing with abstract concepts and not practical application.
  1. 'Much of university research was pure research that had no obvious application at all at the time of its funding.'
  2. 'I tend to think that the separation of application and pure research is the hallmark of poor ethics.'
  3. 'The pure mathematician abstracts from physical situations certain quantitative aspects of bodies and their relations, and deals exclusively with these aspects.'
  4. 'But I operate in the sphere of practical politics not pure economic theory.'
  5. 'Prosser studied pure maths at Aberystwyth and might have gone into teaching if the money had not persuaded him to become an actuary like his brother.'
  6. 'I've done a small amount of summer research in physics and I'm uncertain if pure physics research is something I'd enjoy doing for another 3 or 4 years.'
Involving or containing nothing else but; sheer (used for emphasis)
  1. 'an outcome which may be a matter of pure chance'
  2. '‘Good,’ she continued sweetly, and then he blinked as her expression morphed into pure and utter anger.'
  3. 'And what he saw to his sheer amazement was pure anger.'
  4. 'Two escapees once stumbled upon the oasis by a sheer chance and pure luck, thus becoming the parents of the somber population.'
  5. 'It's way more punk, way more lyrical, but more than all, it's rooted in despair and sheer rage and pure joy in celebrating humanity.'
  6. 'Arendri who had never raised his voice like that in pure absolute anger had just bit the head off of the one person they all despised.'
  7. 'For a moment, his anger concentrated on pure, soulless insatiable carnal hunger and desire, which was the cause of all his suffering.'
  8. 'By pure chance, I also received a letter from the UK today.'
  9. 'Finding your golf ball in there is quite simply a case of pure chance.'
  10. 'They have done so as a result of pure graft and sheer talent.'
  11. 'An inquiry launched by Barnsley health chiefs concluded there was no link between the deaths and it appeared to be pure chance that the cluster had appeared.'
(of a vowel) not joined with another to form a diphthong.
  1. 'You will sound fairly good if your teacher's modeling elicits a free sound that is well-focused on pure vowels.'


1. free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind; free from extraneous matter: pure gold; pure water.

2. unmodified by an admixture; simple or homogeneous.

3. of unmixed descent or ancestry: a pure breed of dog.

4. free from foreign or inappropriate elements: pure Attic Greek.

5. clear; free from blemishes: pure skin.

6. (of literary style) straightforward; unaffected.

7. abstract or theoretical (opposed to applied): pure science.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be pure as snows."

"words can be pure at condottieres."

"waters can be pure of additives."

"waters can be pure from mountains."

"waters can be pure for employments."

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Middle English: from Old French pur ‘pure’, from Latin purus.