A novel definition for the hydrogen bond is recommended here. It takes into account the theoretical and experimental knowledge acquired over the past century. This definition insists on some evidence. Six criteria are listed that could be used as evidence for the presence of a hydrogen bond.
Definition of the Hydrogen Bond, IUPAC RecommendationsPure and Applied Chemistry
Citation InformationDefinition of the Hydrogen Bond, IUPAC Recommendations E. Arunan, G. R. Desiraju, R. A. Klein, J. Sadlej, S. Scheiner, I. Alkorta, D. C. Clary, R. H. Crabtree, J. J. Dannenberg, P. Hobza, H. G. Kjaergaard, A. C. Legon, B. Mennucci, D. J. Nesbitt Pure and Applied Chemistry 2011 83 1637-1641