analysis

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anal·y·sis

noun \ə-ˈna-lə-səs\

: a careful study of something to learn about its parts, what they do, and how they are related to each other

: an explanation of the nature and meaning of something

plural anal·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

Full Definition of ANALYSIS

1
:  separation of a whole into its component parts
2
a :  the identification or separation of ingredients of a substance
b :  a statement of the constituents of a mixture
3
a :  proof of a mathematical proposition by assuming the result and deducing a valid statement by a series of reversible steps
b (1) :  a branch of mathematics concerned mainly with limits, continuity, and infinite series
(2) :  calculus 1b
4
a :  an examination of a complex, its elements, and their relations
b :  a statement of such an analysis
5
a :  a method in philosophy of resolving complex expressions into simpler or more basic ones
b :  clarification of an expression by an elucidation of its use in discourse
6
:  the use of function words instead of inflectional forms as a characteristic device of a language

Examples of ANALYSIS

  1. a scientific analysis of the data
  2. make a chemical analysis of the soil
  3. a detailed analysis of the bone structure of horses
  4. performing chemical analysis of the soil
  5. The newspaper printed an analysis of each candidate's positions.
  6. That's not a bad analysis of the situation.
  7. It's a problem that requires careful analysis.
  8. He has been in analysis for many years.
  9. His analyses expose hidden fractures with the clarity of an X-ray, and his rhetorical skill, though modulated in a journalistic style, owes much to the give and take of Euripides' crisp dialogue. —G. W. Bowersock, New York Review of Books, 6 Nov. 2008

Origin of ANALYSIS

New Latin, from Greek, from analyein to break up, from ana- + lyein to loosen — more at lose
First Known Use: 1581

Rhymes with ANALYSIS

anal·y·sis

noun \ə-ˈnal-ə-səs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural anal·y·ses \-ˌsēz\

Medical Definition of ANALYSIS

1
: separation of a whole into its component parts
2
a : the identification or separation of ingredients of a substance b : a statement of the constituents of a mixture

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