The definition is a description of the meaning of a headword, derived from the analysis of quotations and other contexts of documented usage. The definition may be a single unit or divided into a number of senses.
slamaaier, noun . . . 1. obsolete. A member of the Cape muslim community . . . 2. In the Cape Muslim community: one who deals in the supernatural
In cases of exact synonymy a defintion is provided for only one headword. The definition for each synonym is replaced by a cross-reference to that headword.
Compounds and derivatives generally have a definition or, in some cases, a cross-reference to another headword where the definition is to be found. Where the meaning is self-explanatory, no definition is provided
In some cases an introductory pre-definition gives additional information such as particular social groups who may use a word or an indication of its regional usage. Labels can also be nested in definitions.