precision


1pre·ci·sion

noun \pri-ˈsi-zhən\

: the quality of being precise : exactness or accuracy

Full Definition of PRECISION

1
:  the quality or state of being precise :  exactness
2
a :  the degree of refinement with which an operation is performed or a measurement stated — compare accuracy 2b
b :  the accuracy (as in binary or decimal places) with which a number can be represented usually expressed in terms of the number of computer words available for representation <double precision arithmetic permits the representation of an expression by two computer words>
3
:  relevance 2
pre·ci·sion·ist \-ˈsi-zhə-nist, -ˈsizh-nist\ noun

Examples of PRECISION

  1. I admire the precision of her work.
  2. <the company that measures TV ratings prides itself on the precision of its calculations>

First Known Use of PRECISION

1740

2precision

adjective

: designed for very accurate measurement or operation

: done in a very careful and exact way

Full Definition of PRECISION

1
:  adapted for extremely accurate measurement or operation
2
:  held to low tolerance in manufacture
3
:  marked by precision of execution

Examples of PRECISION

  1. The airplane made a precision approach for landing.

First Known Use of PRECISION

1875

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