Definition of pure in English:

pure

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Pronunciation: /pjʊə
 
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adjective

  • 2(Of a sound) perfectly in tune and with a clear tone: these small cymbals produce a quiet but high pitched and very pure note
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    • 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.
    • Intent upon moving beyond notes and creating pure sound, he borrowed from African, Indian, and Middle Eastern sources.
    • Each section was totally integrated, the sounds were pure and precise.
  • 6 Phonetics (Of a vowel) not joined with another to form a diphthong.
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    • You will sound fairly good if your teacher's modeling elicits a free sound that is well-focused on pure vowels.
    • While "pure" vowels, or monophthongs, are said to have one target tongue position, diphthongs have two target tongue positions.
    • There are 14 pure [uncombined] vowels in English.

Derivatives

pureness

noun
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  • He sings with a clarity, a pureness, that is so very human.
  • Arguably, one could hardly have improved on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with its weight, pureness of timbre, and intrinsic sympathy for the material.
  • He has a pureness about him that I wish more people had.

Origin

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

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