A function f is strict in an argument if

f bottom = bottom

(See bottom). In other words, the result depends on the argument so evaluation of an application of the function cannot terminate until evaluation of the argument has terminated.

If the result is only bottom when the argument is bottom then the function is also bottom-unique.

See also: strict evaluation, hyperstrict.

(01 Jan 1995)

1. Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature.

2. Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fibre.

3. Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. "It shall be still in strictest measure." (Milton)

4. Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. "Through the strict senteries."

5. Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense.

6. <botany> Upright, or straight and narrow; said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.

Synonyms: Exact, accurate, nice, close, rigorous, severe.

Strict, Severe. Strict, applied to a person, denotes that he conforms in his motives and acts to a principle or code by which he is bound; severe is strict with an implication often, but not always, of harshness. Strict is opposed to lax; severe is opposed to gentle. "And rules as strict his labored work confine, As if the Stagirite o'erlooked each line." (Pope) "Soon moved with touch of blame, thus Eve: - "What words have passed thy lips, Adam severe!"" (Milton) The Strict Observance, or Friars of the Strict Observance.

See Observance.

Origin: L. Strictus, p.p. Of stringere to draw or bind tight, to strain. See Strain, and cf. Strait.

(01 Mar 1998)

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